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Young scholars complete a unit about Thanksgiving that is centered around the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians. They read and discuss books, create a mural, complete a worksheet about five blessings in their life, prepare recipes from the first Thanksgiving, and construct and play a Native American game.
Students examine the importance of celebrations in life. In this celebrations activity, students determine what type of celebrations people participate in especially those that focus on corn. They read about different celebrations including Native American harvest festivities and Kwanzaa. They graph the information they collect. 
Young scholars examine how the Wampanoag tribe celebrated Thanksgiving. They discover how they helped the Pilgrims when they first came to the New World. They identify the similarities and differences between people.
Students discuss the responsibilities of the colonists in establishing a new colony. They formulate a social compact in class after a discussion of the Mayflower Compact and construct a policy statement and an action plan to achieve one or more goals related to an issue of public concern.
Students examine the Mayflower Compact prior to creating their own classroom version. In groups, they select rules from their student handbooks and justify why they should remain or be omitted. As a class, students brainstorm a list of rules , have class members sign it, and post them in the room.
Students explore the concept of social contracts. In this Mayflower Compact lesson, students read handouts regarding the compact and participate in a classroom activity that requires them to author a social contract.
Fifth graders investigate the colony found in Plymouth during the founding of America and conduct research using the internet and a variety of resources. The information is used in order to create a class presentation. They focus upon the relationships of the colonists and the Wampanoag Tribe.

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