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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
Unite or Die: How 13 States Became a Nation Reader's Theater
The King's M & M's: The Stamp Act
Native American Indian Crafts
Make a Three-Cornered Hat
All About the Boston Tea Party
Slaughterhouse-Five Projects
More Popular Colonial Times Printables


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

Art, Music, & Drama Activities

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

Thanksgiving Activities

Pilgrim Unit (7 lessons)
Of Plymouth Plantation Excerpt
Planning for the Voyage - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 1 of 7)
Pilgrim Fact Cards
The First Winter - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 4 of 7)
A Pilgrim Conversation
Colonial New England Food & Cooking
More Popular Thanksgiving Activities for Social Studies

Native-American Heritage

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

Lesson Plans

The Declaration of Sentiments & Your Rights
Communities: Past and Present
Current Archaeology
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)
Indentured Servants
More Colonial Times Lesson Plans


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


Indentured Servants' Experiences 1600-1700
Declaration of Independence – Videos & Activities
Articles of Confederation
Of Plymouth Plantation
American Revolution Books by Jean Fritz
Old Sturbridge Village Worksheet
Readers Theater Script: Johnny Tremain
More Colonial Times Articles

Language Arts Activities

Slaughterhouse-Five Short Answer
Thanksgiving in Colonial America
Daily Journal Topics: Early American Life
Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up: Colonial Gardens
Give Me Liberty Reading Guide
A Pilgrim Conversation Rubric
Readers Theater Script: The Witch of Blackbird Pond
More Language Arts Activities for Colonial Times


Learn About Paul Revere
Crispus Attucks
The Era of Thomas Jefferson
Jean Fritz's American History Books

Foods from Colonial Times

Dried-Pepper Hangings Instruction Sheet
Colonial New England Food & Cooking
Thanksgiving Menu: Then & Now
Indian Pudding
Cranberry-Nut Bread
Hasty Pudding

American Revolution Resources

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

Colonization Resources

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


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