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Learners complete internet research on the first Thanksgiving, the Mayflower, Pilgrims, Plymouth Colony and the Wampanoags. Using specified websites, they visit the ship of the Mayflower, and experience Mayflower interviews. Students write a diary as if they were a Pilgrim on the Mayflower. They research settlers' motivations and preparations for sailing to the New World. Additional hands-on activities are listed.
Young scholars use the Internet and graphic organizers to research the Plymouth Colony the experience of the Pilgrims. Students compare and contrast different colonies and develop a timeline showcasing their research.
Third graders research life of Plymouth Plantation and write letters about life there home. In this Plymouth life lesson, 3rd graders complete a webquest as they gather information about the journey to America on the Mayflower and the homes, farming, and transportation of Plymouth Plantation. Then, students assume the role of a child in Plymouth Plantation and write letters with friends in England.
Students use distance measuring tools to follow directions and chart the path the pilgrims made from Plymouth, England to Boston, Massachusetts. In this Pilgrim voyage lesson, students use a map to chart the distance traveled by the Pilgrims in 1621. Students write their answers to the three questions and discuss pilgrim journeys for their ancestors.
In this pilgrims worksheet, students read facts about the history of the Pilgrims beginning during the early 1600's and ending with the first Thanksgiving. Students answer thirteen short answer questions.
Pilgrim immigration lesson plans offer more than a study of these early settlers. It gives students an insight into modern immigration.
Students research information about the Mayflower, Pilgrims, the Plymouth Colony, the Wampanoags, and the first Thanksgiving. They take an online tour of the Mayflower, interpret timelines, create a postcard, and compare and contrast the life of the Pilgrims and the Wampanoags Indian tribe.
Students complete a graphic organizer comparing differing views.  In this compare and contrast instructional activity, students work in groups and read about the differing views of the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians.  Students use a graphic organizer to compare the two groups and hold a class discussion about what they learned.
Students explore immigrants and immigration to the United States. They define and explain their definition of the term pilgrim. Students evaluate the goals of their ancestors as they arrived in America. Students research and design a doll representative of their heritage.
Students explore the first Thanksgiving. In this holiday activity, students create a KWL chart on what they know about the first Thanksgiving and conduct Internet research on this topic. Students use a Venn diagram to compare and contrast the lifestyles of the Pilgrims to the Wampanoags.
Kindergartners explore the meaning of why we celebrate Thanksgiving. They identify the people and event honored by Thanksgiving and describe life in the past and present. Learners view streaming video clips embedded in the plan, and should gain a greater understanding of how Thanksgiving came to be one of our most beloved National Holidays.
Students identify the principal physical features the Pilgrims considered when choosing the location of Plymouth. They create a postcard to send to a friend in Europe as if they were a Pilgrim; illustrating one aspect of the settling in Plymouth on the front and writing a brief message on the back. Students utilize Pilgrim Fact Cards which are imbedded in this plan.
Why is Thanksgiving an important holiday to the Americans? Send your class on a mission to explore Plymouth colony and discover how the first Thanksgiving came to be. Who were the Wampanoags? How did they help the pilgrims? After discussing the lives of each, complete a Venn diagram to recognize the differences in each group's daily life. Possible extensions are included. You will need access to a computer lab or a class set of computers for this online lesson. 
With graphic organizers galore, learners will follow the changes of church and state in early colonial America. They look at the differences between the pilgrims and the puritans in terms of beliefs and life ways. Myths and misconceptions are also laid to rest. Could be a handy resource when discussion colonial life.
Students write a timeline showing significant events in the Plymouth Colony that occurred between 1621 and 1628. They define and illustrate key vocabulary words which are imbedded in this lesson plan. This simple activity is designed to have students work in pairs to complete the timeline and determine the meaning of the vocabulary words.
Fifth graders study the story of the voyage of the Mayflower told from the view point of the three Allerton siblings who were on board the ship. The book tells of their voyage across the Atlantic and their first year here on the North American Continent.
Learners locate Plymouth, MA, Hudson River, Cape Cod, Holland and England on a map. They identify the reasons the Pilgrims came to the New World and explain how the investors and the colonists would each benefit from a new colony. After everyone has filled in their Study Guide Sheet and maps, students add facts to the Class Chart on Pilgrims.
Second graders compare the clothing of today with the everyday dress of the Pilgrims.
Second graders compare and contrast the lives of Pilgrims and Wampanoag. Students conduct research using an interactive website and collect information about each group. Students then decide which they would rather be, a Pilgrim or a Wampanoag and write three reasons to defend their decision.
Young scholars explore the concept of the first Thanksgiving.  In this Thanksgiving lesson, students discover what it was like to live during that time period.  Young scholars compare and contrast the first Thanksgiving to their own.