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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.


Thanksgiving History Reading Warm-Up
The Pilgrim Story
Native American Indian Crafts
A Thanksgiving Quilt
Thanksgiving Word Hunt
A Thanksgiving Poem
Squanto & the Great Debate
More Popular Colonial Times Printables


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

Art, Music, & Drama Activities

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

Thanksgiving Activities

Pilgrim Unit (7 lessons)
Pilgrim Fact Cards
Thanksgiving Menu: Then & Now
Thanksgiving Turkey Traditions at the White House
Thanksgiving: Multiple Perspectives
Of Plymouth Plantation Excerpt
Sarah Morton's Day, Samuel Eaton's Day, & Tapenum's Day
More Popular Thanksgiving Activities for Social Studies

Native-American Heritage

A Not-So Traditional Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving Fact Sheet
The First Thanksgiving - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 5 of 7)
Life in Plymouth - Pilgrim Study Unit (lesson 6 of 7)
The First Winter - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 4 of 7)
Indians and Pilgrims
Indian Pudding
More Native-American Heritage Resources

Lesson Plans

Planning for the Voyage - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 1 of 7)
A Pilgrim Conversation
Aboard the Mayflower - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 2 of 7)
Pilgrim Children - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 7 of 7)
Choosing Plymouth - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 3 of 7)
Communities: Past and Present
Colonial New England Food & Cooking
More Colonial Times Lesson Plans


Brief History of Thanksgiving
17th-Century Pastimes and Sports
The Mayflower Compact
Cranberry-Nut Bread
American Indians Today
More Colonial Times References


My Brother Sam Is Dead
Indentured Servants' Experiences 1600-1700
Declaration of Independence – Videos & Activities
Of Plymouth Plantation
Articles of Confederation
A Pilgrim Conversation Rubric
Old Sturbridge Village Worksheet
More Colonial Times Articles

Language Arts Activities

All About the Boston Tea Party
The Mayflower Historical Fiction Reading Warm-Up
Pilgrim Rebus
Thanksgiving in Colonial America
Pilgrims & the Wilderness Reading Warm-Up
Boston Tea Party Reading Warm-Up
Slaughterhouse-Five Projects
More Language Arts Activities for Colonial Times


Learn About Paul Revere
The Era of Thomas Jefferson
William Bradford Biography
Crispus Attucks
Jean Fritz's American History Books
American Revolution Books by Jean Fritz

Foods from Colonial Times

Colonial New England Food & Cooking
Dried-Pepper Hangings Instruction Sheet
Hasty Pudding

American Revolution Resources

Colonial Times – Everyday Things
The King's M & M's: The Stamp Act
Boston Tea Party
The Declaration of Sentiments & Your Rights
Readers Theater Script: Johnny Tremain
Slaughterhouse-Five Short Answer
Declaration of Independence
More Popular American Revolution Resources

Colonization Resources

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

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