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Colonial Times Teacher Resources

Take your students on a journey back in time with these colonial lessons, printables, quizzes, and more! Immerse them in this historic period as they learn about indentured servants, Thanksgiving traditions, and Native American heritage. Look below for social studies, history, and language arts resources on the Pilgrims, colonization, and events leading up to the American Revolution.


The King's M & M's: The Stamp Act
All About the Boston Tea Party
Colonial Times – Everyday Things
Make a Three-Cornered Hat
The Original Thirteen States Crossword
Learn About Paul Revere
Unite or Die: How 13 States Became a Nation Reader's Theater
More Popular Colonial Times Printables


Native Americans Quiz
American Colonies Quiz
Early America Quiz
Anasazi and Plains Indians Quiz

Art, Music, & Drama Activities

Designing a Quilt Pattern
Native American Indian Crafts
Paper Weavings
Paper Weaving Instructions
Then and Now
Thanksgiving Placemats
Make a Dried Bouquet
What Was a One-Room Schoolhouse?
A Thanksgiving Quilt
Music Truths: I Cannot Tell a Lie

Thanksgiving Activities

Of Plymouth Plantation Excerpt
Pilgrim Unit (7 lessons)
Pilgrim Fact Cards
Sarah Morton's Day, Samuel Eaton's Day, & Tapenum's Day
Thanksgiving Turkey Traditions at the White House
Colonial New England Food & Cooking
Planning for the Voyage - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 1 of 7)
More Popular Thanksgiving Activities for Social Studies

Native-American Heritage

Thanksgiving Fact Sheet
Cranberry-Nut Bread
Indian Pudding
Thanksgiving: Multiple Perspectives
A Not-So Traditional Thanksgiving
American Indians Today
The First Winter - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 4 of 7)
More Native-American Heritage Resources

Lesson Plans

Communities: Past and Present
The Declaration of Sentiments & Your Rights
Colonial New England Food & Cooking
Indentured Servants
A Pilgrim Conversation
The Era of Thomas Jefferson
Colonial American Gazette
More Colonial Times Lesson Plans


17th-Century Pastimes and Sports
Declaration of Independence
The Mayflower Compact
William Bradford Biography
Brief History of Thanksgiving
More Colonial Times References


Indentured Servants' Experiences 1600-1700
Declaration of Independence – Videos & Activities
My Brother Sam Is Dead
Articles of Confederation
American Revolution Books by Jean Fritz
Jean Fritz's American History Books
Abigail Adams Writes a Letter
More Colonial Times Articles

Language Arts Activities

Historical Fiction Reading Warm-Up: Patrick Henry's Influence
Colonial School Vocabulary
Slaughterhouse-Five Projects
Colonial Times: Heritage Handwriting
Slaughterhouse-Five Short Answer
Daily Journal Topics: Early American Life
American History Reading Warm-Up 41 for Gr. 3 & 4: Boston Tea Party
More Language Arts Activities for Colonial Times


Crispus Attucks

Foods from Colonial Times

Thanksgiving Menu: Then & Now
Dried-Pepper Hangings Instruction Sheet
Hasty Pudding

American Revolution Resources

Boston Tea Party
Give Me Liberty Reading Guide
African-Americans in the Revolutionary War
Site of the Boston Massacre
Women Following Washington's Army: Washington Hypotheses
The Early Congresses
Readers Theater Script: Johnny Tremain
More Popular American Revolution Resources

Colonization Resources

Of Plymouth Plantation
Aboard the Mayflower - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 2 of 7)
Choosing Plymouth - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 3 of 7)
The First Thanksgiving - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 5 of 7)
Life in Plymouth - Pilgrim Study Unit (lesson 6 of 7)
Pilgrim Children - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 7 of 7)
America Is Named
More Colonization Resources
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