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The First Thanksgiving
Students 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.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 87 Downloads
Life on Plymouth Plantation
Third graders research life of Plymouth Plantation and write letters about life there home. In this Plymouth life lesson plan, 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.
3rd Social Studies & History 3 Views 2 Downloads
First Thanksgiving Teacher's Guide
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.
K - 12th Social Studies & History 5 Views 415 Downloads
Differing Views of Pilgrims and Native Americans in Seventeenth Century New England
Students complete a graphic organizer comparing differing views. In this compare and contrast lesson, 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.
4th - 5th Social Studies & History 3 Views 50 Downloads
Pilgrim Heritage and Ancestory
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.
3rd - 6th Social Studies & History 3 Views 4 Downloads
Students explore the first Thanksgiving. In this holiday lesson, 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.
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History 3 Views 57 Downloads
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.
K Social Studies & History 3 Views 26 Downloads
Choosing Plymouth - Pilgrim Study Unit
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.
3rd - 8th Social Studies & History 3 Views 10 Downloads
The First Thanksgiving
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.
3rd - 6th Language Arts 3 Views 247 Downloads
Pilgrims and Puritans
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.
11th - 12th Social Studies & History 19 Views 93 Downloads
Life in Plymouth - Pilgrim Study Unit
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.
3rd - 8th Language Arts 4 Views 27 Downloads
Three Young Pilgrims
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.
5th Social Studies & History 3 Views 18 Downloads
Planning for the Voyage - Pilgrim Study Unit
Students 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.
3rd - 8th Social Studies & History 4 Views 40 Downloads
Comparison between Wampanoag and 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.
2nd Social Studies & History 3 Views 16 Downloads