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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!


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Thanksgiving History Reading Warm-Up
Thanksgiving Questions
Pilgrim Hat Math
Thanksgiving Match-Up & Vocabulary
A Thanksgiving Quilt
Squanto & the Great Debate
Pilgrims Meet the New World
More Pilgrim Printables

Lesson Plans

Pilgrim Unit (7 lessons)
Thanksgiving: Multiple Perspectives
Planning for the Voyage - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 1 of 7)
The First Thanksgiving - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 5 of 7)
Paper Weavings
Aboard the Mayflower - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 2 of 7)
Life in Plymouth - Pilgrim Study Unit (lesson 6 of 7)
More Pilgrim Lesson Plans


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


American Colonies Quiz
Early America Quiz

Food Resources

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

Literature & Language Arts Resources

Sarah Morton's Day, Samuel Eaton's Day, & Tapenum's Day
Of Plymouth Plantation
The Mayflower Historical Fiction Reading Warm-Up
Pilgrims & the Wilderness Reading Warm-Up
Today's Pilgrim Worksheet
Old Sturbridge Village Worksheet
Discussion Guide for The Mayflower and the Pilgrims' New World
More Literature & Language Arts Resources

Colonial Times Resources

Pilgrim Fact Cards
A Not-So Traditional Thanksgiving
The First Winter - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 4 of 7)
Pilgrim Children - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 7 of 7)
Make a Three-Cornered Hat
Choosing Plymouth - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 3 of 7)
Make a Dried Bouquet
More Colonial America

Music, Art, & Drama Activities

Set Design for "Pilgrims of Plymouth"
Standing Girl Pilgrim
Standing Boy Pilgrim
Walnut People

Native Americans & Pilgrims

More American Indians & Native Americans - Teacher Resources

Thanksgiving Resources

Create a Turkey
Old Sturbridge Village Checklist
Old Sturbridge Village Vocabulary
Colonial America Kaleidoscope
Old Sturbridge Village
Current Archaeology
Colonial American Gazette
More Thanksgiving – Teacher Resources

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