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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!

Slideshows

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

Printables

Make a Three-Cornered Hat
Pilgrim Hat Math
Thanksgiving Questions
Thanksgiving Match-Up & Vocabulary
Create a Turkey
Squanto & the Great Debate
Pilgrims & the Wilderness Reading Warm-Up
More Pilgrim Printables

Lesson Plans

Paper Weavings
Pilgrim Unit (7 lessons)
Planning for the Voyage - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 1 of 7)
Current Archaeology
Aboard the Mayflower - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 2 of 7)
Choosing Plymouth - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 3 of 7)
The First Winter - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 4 of 7)
More Pilgrim Lesson Plans

References

Thanksgiving Fact Sheet
Brief History of Thanksgiving
The Mayflower Compact
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

Sarah Morton's Day, Samuel Eaton's Day, & Tapenum's Day
Of Plymouth Plantation
Old Sturbridge Village Worksheet
Today's Pilgrim Worksheet
Old Sturbridge Village Vocabulary
The Mayflower Historical Fiction Reading Warm-Up
Thanksgiving History Reading Warm-Up
More Literature & Language Arts Resources

Colonial Times Resources

Pilgrim Fact Cards
The First Thanksgiving - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 5 of 7)
Life in Plymouth - Pilgrim Study Unit (lesson 6 of 7)
Pilgrim Children - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 7 of 7)
Old Sturbridge Village
A Not-So Traditional Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving: Multiple Perspectives
More Colonial America

Music, Art, & Drama Activities

Make a Dried Bouquet
Walnut People
Standing Boy Pilgrim
Standing Girl Pilgrim
A Thanksgiving Quilt
Set Design for "Pilgrims of Plymouth"

Native Americans & Pilgrims

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More American Indians & Native Americans - Teacher Resources

Thanksgiving Resources

Colonial America Kaleidoscope
Colonial American Gazette
Old Sturbridge Village Checklist
Discussion Guide for The Mayflower and the Pilgrims' New World
Pilgrims Meet the New World
More Thanksgiving – Teacher Resources

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