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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.


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


Early America Quiz
Native Americans Quiz
American Colonies 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
Native American Indian Crafts
Designing a Quilt Pattern
What Was a One-Room Schoolhouse?
Then and Now
Make a Dried Bouquet
A Thanksgiving Quilt
Music Truths: I Cannot Tell a Lie
Thanksgiving Placemats

Thanksgiving Activities

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

Native-American Heritage

Thanksgiving: Multiple Perspectives
The First Thanksgiving - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 5 of 7)
Indian Pudding
Life in Plymouth - Pilgrim Study Unit (lesson 6 of 7)
Cranberry-Nut Bread
The First Winter - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 4 of 7)
American Indians Today
More Native-American Heritage Resources

Lesson Plans

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


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


Indentured Servants' Experiences 1600-1700
Declaration of Independence – Videos & Activities
Jean Fritz's American History Books
American Revolution Books by Jean Fritz
My Brother Sam Is Dead
Articles of Confederation
Thanksgiving Menu: Then & Now
More Colonial Times Articles

Language Arts Activities

Boston Tea Party Reading Warm-Up
Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up: Colonial Gardens
Colonial School Vocabulary
Slaughterhouse-Five Projects
Early European Settlements Reading Warm-Up
Historical Fiction Reading Warm-Up: Patrick Henry's Influence
Pilgrim Rebus
More Language Arts Activities for Colonial Times


Crispus Attucks

Foods from Colonial Times

Hasty Pudding
Dried-Pepper Hangings Instruction Sheet

American Revolution Resources

Boston Tea Party
Abigail Adams Writes a Letter
Give Me Liberty Reading Guide
Site of the Boston Massacre
Women Following Washington's Army: Washington Hypotheses
Women Following Washington's Army
Readers Theater Script: Johnny Tremain
More Popular American Revolution Resources

Colonization Resources

America Is Named
Colonial Times: Heritage Handwriting
The Mayflower Historical Fiction Reading Warm-Up
Of Plymouth Plantation
Daily Journal Topics: Early American Life
Historical Fiction Reading Warm-Up: George Washington
Aboard the Mayflower - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 2 of 7)
More Colonization Resources

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