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Mayflower on the Pilgrim Tercentary Coin

Pilgrims – Teacher Resources

Learn about the life of pilgrims with printables, lesson plans, slideshows, and more! Discover great teaching tools to help your students understand the risks that the Pilgrims took to settle in North America. Use these resources to learn more about Native Americans, the first Thanksgiving, and recent pilgrims. You'll find American history and social studies resources for kindergarten through twelfth grade on the Mayflower, settling Plymouth Colony, and much more!

Slideshows

Favorite Thanksgiving Activities Slideshow, Grades 3-6
Favorite Thanksgiving Activities Slideshow, Grades K-2

Printables

Make a Three-Cornered Hat
A Thanksgiving Quilt
Set Design for "Pilgrims of Plymouth"
Pilgrims Meet the New World
Create a Turkey
Thanksgiving Match-Up & Vocabulary
Squanto & the Great Debate
More Pilgrim Printables

Lesson Plans

Pilgrim Unit (7 lessons)
Paper Weavings
Planning for the Voyage - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 1 of 7)
The First Thanksgiving - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 5 of 7)
The First Winter - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 4 of 7)
Choosing Plymouth - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 3 of 7)
Pilgrim Children - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 7 of 7)
More Pilgrim Lesson Plans

References

The Mayflower Compact
Thanksgiving Fact Sheet
Brief History of Thanksgiving
Indian Pudding
Cranberry-Nut Bread

Quizzes

American Colonies Quiz
Early America Quiz

Food Resources

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

Literature & Language Arts Resources

Of Plymouth Plantation
Old Sturbridge Village Vocabulary
Old Sturbridge Village Worksheet
Sarah Morton's Day, Samuel Eaton's Day, & Tapenum's Day
Today's Pilgrim Worksheet
Thanksgiving Questions
Discussion Guide for The Mayflower and the Pilgrims' New World
More Literature & Language Arts Resources

Colonial Times Resources

Pilgrim Fact Cards
Colonial America Kaleidoscope
Old Sturbridge Village
Colonial American Gazette
Old Sturbridge Village Checklist
A Not-So Traditional Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving: Multiple Perspectives
More Colonial Times Teacher Resources

Music, Art, & Drama Activities

Make a Dried Bouquet
Walnut People
Standing Girl Pilgrim
Standing Boy Pilgrim

Native Americans & Pilgrims

Life in Plymouth - Pilgrim Study Unit (lesson 6 of 7)
More American Indians & Native Americans - Teacher Resources

Thanksgiving Resources

Current Archaeology
Aboard the Mayflower - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 2 of 7)
Pilgrim Hat Math
Thanksgiving History Reading Warm-Up
American History Reading Warm-Up: Pilgrims & the Wilderness
The Mayflower Historical Fiction Reading Warm-Up
More Thanksgiving – Teacher Resources

Highlights

Videos
Do your students love videos? We have a growing collection of videos (including related activities) for holidays and events, including: women's history, Memorial Day, Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, American History, and the environment. Enjoy!

May Calendar of Events
May is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Backyard Games Week (5/18-25), Buy a Musical Instrument Day (5/22), and Memorial Day (5/25). Plus, celebrate Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month, Inventors Month, Physical Fitness & Sports Month, and Water Safety Month!

Teaching with Comics: Galactic Hot Dogs
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guides to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series (chapters 1-4 and 5-8), as found on Funbrain.com, will take students on a cosmic adventure while engaging their creative minds. Plus, find even more activities for teaching with comics, featuring many other classic stories.

Now available: Galactic Hot Dogs in print! Buy it at bookstores now.

Poptropica Teaching Guides
Poptropica is one of the Internet's most popular sites for kids—and now it's available as an app for the iPad! It's not just a place to play games; each of the islands featured on the site provides a learning opportunity. Check out our teaching guides to four of Poptropica's islands: 24 Carrot Island, Time Tangled Island, Mystery Train Island, and Mythology Island.

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