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Colonial America

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.

Printables

Colonial Times – Everyday Things
The King's M & M's: The Stamp Act
All About the Boston Tea Party
The Pilgrim Story
The Original Thirteen States Crossword
The Boston Tea Party Little Book
Make a Three-Cornered Hat
More Popular Colonial Times Printables

Quizzes

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

Art, Music, & Drama Activities

Paper Weavings
Unite or Die: How 13 States Became a Nation Reader's Theater
Paper Weaving Instructions
Then and Now
Make a Dried Bouquet
Thanksgiving Placemats
Designing a Quilt Pattern
What Was a One-Room Schoolhouse?
Music Truths: I Cannot Tell a Lie
Native American Indian Crafts
A Thanksgiving Quilt

Thanksgiving Activities

Of Plymouth Plantation Excerpt
Pilgrim Fact Cards
Pilgrim Unit (7 lessons)
Thanksgiving Menu: Then & Now
Thanksgiving Turkey Traditions at the White House
Of Plymouth Plantation
Colonial New England Food & Cooking
More Popular Thanksgiving Activities for Social Studies

Native-American Heritage

Sarah Morton's Day, Samuel Eaton's Day, & Tapenum's Day
Thanksgiving: Multiple Perspectives
A Not-So Traditional Thanksgiving
The First Winter - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 4 of 7)
The First Thanksgiving - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 5 of 7)
Life in Plymouth - Pilgrim Study Unit (lesson 6 of 7)
Thanksgiving Fact Sheet
More Native-American Heritage Resources

Lesson Plans

Indentured Servants
Current Archaeology
Planning for the Voyage - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 1 of 7)
Aboard the Mayflower - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 2 of 7)
Choosing Plymouth - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 3 of 7)
Pilgrim Children - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 7 of 7)
The Declaration of Sentiments & Your Rights
More Colonial Times Lesson Plans

References

17th-Century Pastimes and Sports
Declaration of Independence
Colonial Population Estimates
Brief History of Thanksgiving
Crispus Attucks
More Colonial Times References

Articles

Indentured Servants' Experiences 1600-1700
Declaration of Independence – Videos & Activities
My Brother Sam Is Dead
Articles of Confederation
Jean Fritz's American History Books
Readers Theater Script: The Witch of Blackbird Pond
A Pilgrim Conversation Rubric
More Colonial Times Articles

Language Arts Activities

Boston Tea Party Reading Warm-Up
Slaughterhouse-Five Projects
Old Sturbridge Village Worksheet
A Pilgrim Conversation
Readers Theater Script: Johnny Tremain
Thanksgiving in Colonial America
Old Sturbridge Village Vocabulary
More Language Arts Activities for Colonial Times

Biographies

Learn About Paul Revere
The Era of Thomas Jefferson
William Bradford Biography
American Revolution Books by Jean Fritz

Foods from Colonial Times

Dried-Pepper Hangings Instruction Sheet
Colonial New England Food & Cooking
Indian Pudding
Cranberry-Nut Bread
Hasty Pudding

American Revolution Resources

Site of the Boston Massacre
Colonial American Gazette
Women Following Washington's Army: Washington Hypotheses
Women Following Washington's Army
Abigail Adams Writes a Letter
Slaughterhouse-Five Short Answer
The Early Congresses
More Popular American Revolution Resources

Colonization Resources

America Is Named
Daily Journal Topics: Early American Life
Historical Fiction Reading Warm-Up: Patrick Henry's Influence
Early European Settlements Reading Warm-Up
Historical Fiction Reading Warm-Up: George Washington
The Mayflower Historical Fiction Reading Warm-Up
Colonial Times: Heritage Handwriting
More Colonization Resources

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