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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 Original Thirteen States Crossword
The King's M & M's: The Stamp Act
Native American Indian Crafts
Learn About Paul Revere
Slaughterhouse-Five Projects
All About the Boston Tea Party
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
Designing a Quilt Pattern
Paper Weaving Instructions
Make a Dried Bouquet
Make a Three-Cornered Hat
Thanksgiving Placemats
Then and Now
What Was a One-Room Schoolhouse?
Music Truths: I Cannot Tell a Lie
A Thanksgiving Quilt

Thanksgiving Activities

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

Native-American Heritage

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

Lesson Plans

The Declaration of Sentiments & Your Rights
Communities: Past and Present
Indentured Servants
Aboard the Mayflower - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 2 of 7)
William Bradford's Mayflower Passenger List
Colonial New England Food & Cooking
Old Sturbridge Village
More Colonial Times Lesson Plans


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


Indentured Servants' Experiences 1600-1700
Declaration of Independence – Videos & Activities
Articles of Confederation
My Brother Sam Is Dead
Readers Theater Script: The Witch of Blackbird Pond
American Revolution Books by Jean Fritz
Women Following Washington's Army: Washington Hypotheses
More Colonial Times Articles

Language Arts Activities

Historical Fiction Reading Warm-Up: Patrick Henry's Influence
The Mayflower Historical Fiction Reading Warm-Up
Colonial School Vocabulary
Colonial Times: Heritage Handwriting
Slaughterhouse-Five Short Answer
Colonial Weapons and Tools: A Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up
A Pilgrim Conversation
More Language Arts Activities for Colonial Times


William Bradford Biography
The Era of Thomas Jefferson
Crispus Attucks
Jean Fritz's American History Books

Foods from Colonial Times

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

American Revolution Resources

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

Colonization Resources

Pilgrim Children - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 7 of 7)
America Is Named
Daily Journal Topics: Early American Life
Choosing Plymouth - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 3 of 7)
The First Winter - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 4 of 7)
Early European Settlements Reading Warm-Up
Historical Fiction Reading Warm-Up: George Washington
More Colonization Resources

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