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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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Favorite Thanksgiving Activities Slideshow, Grades 3-6


Make a Three-Cornered Hat
A Thanksgiving Quilt
The Mayflower Historical Fiction Reading Warm-Up
Create a Turkey
Thanksgiving Match-Up & Vocabulary
Squanto & the Great Debate
Thanksgiving Questions
More Pilgrim Printables

Lesson Plans

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


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


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
Thanksgiving Match-Up & Vocabulary
Old Sturbridge Village Vocabulary
Pilgrims & the Wilderness Reading Warm-Up
Discussion Guide for The Mayflower and the Pilgrims' New World
Thanksgiving History Reading Warm-Up
More Literature & Language Arts Resources

Colonial Times Resources

Paper Weavings
Pilgrim Fact Cards
Make a Dried Bouquet
Thanksgiving: Multiple Perspectives
A Thanksgiving Quilt
The First Thanksgiving - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 5 of 7)
Colonial American Gazette
More Colonial America

Music, Art, & Drama Activities

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

Native Americans & Pilgrims

Sarah Morton's Day, Samuel Eaton's Day, & Tapenum's Day
Thanksgiving: Multiple Perspectives
A Thanksgiving Quilt
Life in Plymouth - Pilgrim Study Unit (lesson 6 of 7)
Thanksgiving Match-Up & Vocabulary
The First Winter - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 4 of 7)
A Not-So Traditional Thanksgiving
More American Indians & Native Americans - Teacher Resources

Thanksgiving Resources

Paper Weavings
Sarah Morton's Day, Samuel Eaton's Day, & Tapenum's Day
Make a Dried Bouquet
Thanksgiving: Multiple Perspectives
A Thanksgiving Quilt
Colonial American Gazette
Create a Turkey
More Thanksgiving – Teacher Resources

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