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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
A Thanksgiving Quilt
Squanto & the Great Debate
Create a Turkey
Thanksgiving Match-Up & Vocabulary
Pilgrim Hat Math
Thanksgiving Questions
More Pilgrim Printables

Lesson Plans

Pilgrim Unit (7 lessons)
Paper Weavings
Colonial New England Food & Cooking
Make a Dried Bouquet
Planning for the Voyage - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 1 of 7)
The First Thanksgiving - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 5 of 7)
Thanksgiving: Multiple Perspectives
More Pilgrim Lesson Plans

References

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

Quizzes

Early America Quiz
American Colonies Quiz

Food Resources

Dried-Pepper Hangings Instruction Sheet

Literature & Language Arts Resources

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

Colonial Times Resources

Pilgrim Fact Cards
A Not-So Traditional Thanksgiving
Aboard the Mayflower - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 2 of 7)
Life in Plymouth - Pilgrim Study Unit (lesson 6 of 7)
Choosing Plymouth - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 3 of 7)
Pilgrim Children - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 7 of 7)
The First Winter - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 4 of 7)
More Colonial America

Music, Art, & Drama Activities

Standing Boy Pilgrim
Walnut People
Standing Girl Pilgrim
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
Old Sturbridge Village Checklist
Current Archaeology
Thanksgiving History Reading Warm-Up
Discussion Guide for The Mayflower and the Pilgrims' New World
More Thanksgiving – Teacher Resources

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