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

Printables

Make a Three-Cornered Hat
Pilgrims Meet the New World
Squanto & the Great Debate
Create a Turkey
Thanksgiving Match-Up & Vocabulary
Thanksgiving Questions
Pilgrim Hat Math
More Pilgrim Printables

Lesson Plans

Pilgrim Unit (7 lessons)
Paper Weavings
Thanksgiving: Multiple Perspectives
Current Archaeology
Planning for the Voyage - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 1 of 7)
Aboard the Mayflower - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 2 of 7)
Choosing Plymouth - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 3 of 7)
More Pilgrim Lesson Plans

References

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

Quizzes

Early America Quiz
American Colonies Quiz

Food Resources

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

Literature & Language Arts Resources

Of Plymouth Plantation
Sarah Morton's Day, Samuel Eaton's Day, & Tapenum's Day
Old Sturbridge Village Worksheet
Today's Pilgrim Worksheet
Old Sturbridge Village Vocabulary
The Mayflower Historical Fiction Reading Warm-Up
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)
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)
Make a Dried Bouquet
More Colonial America

Music, Art, & Drama Activities

Walnut People
Standing Girl Pilgrim
Standing Boy 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
Old Sturbridge Village
Old Sturbridge Village Checklist
Colonial American Gazette
Pilgrims & the Wilderness Reading Warm-Up
Thanksgiving History Reading Warm-Up
More Thanksgiving – Teacher Resources

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