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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.
Students synthesize their historical knowledge of the Pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock by looking at period paintings of Albert Beirstadt and Pierre Renoir, enabling them to depict in a performance for their parents, the original dress of Pilgrim students.
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 compare foods available for the Pilgrim's Thanksgiving with contemporary Thanksgiving foods. After reading information about the first Thanksgiving, pupils create a menu and compute the cost of a turkey dinner, using grocery ads. They write an essay entitled "How to Cook a Turkey." In addition to the language arts portion, class members complete several related math activities.
Finally! Here are some new and fresh ideas, across the curicullum, that can be used around the Thanksgiving holiday. The lesson is divided up into two sections: Beyond Turkey - Activities for Younger Students and, Beyond Turkey - Activities for Older Students. These are all terrific ideas, and could lead to an entire week where the theme is nothing but Thanksgiving! Highly recommended!
Students 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.
Young scholars develop an understanding of the Pilgrims' experiences in moving to the New World. They complare and contrast lifestyles of the Pilgrims and Wampanoags. They discover the hardships the Pilgrims encountered in establishing a new settlement.
Young historians develop an understanding of historical events from different perspectives while practicing reading comprehension and creative writing. They access the Internet to explore information on the Mayflower, Pilgrims, and the first Thanksgiving. How does the event's description change depending on whose perspective it comes from? 
A thorough exploration of the Puritan Migration and settlement of Plymouth, this presentation is sure to engage your young historians with its clear maps and historical documents. The presentation differentiates the philosophies of Puritanism, Separatism, and how they came together over the planks of the Mayflower. Additionally, the presentation addresses the dynamics between the Pilgrims and the local Native American tribes, including a discussion on the First Thanksgiving.
Four integrated curriculum resources about Thanksgiving range from the study of primary documents about the first Thanksgiving to Venn diagrams that compare early holiday traditions with contemporary ones to hands-on experiments that re-enact Squanto's agriculture teachings to the Pilgrims. Resource also contains links to several other Thanksgiving-related online resources.
Students discuss family history with a Thanksgiving lesson. in this ancestor lesson, students review the holiday and how the pilgrims came to America from England. Students interview their families to see where their ancestors came from and locate it on a map. 
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.
Take a virtual field trip to the Plymouth plantation. Using the site linked in the lesson, discover how people lived during the 17th century in this part of the country. Discuss the role of the pilgrims and native Americans in the formation of the new world. End the lesson by having students draw a picture of their house in the 17th century and what they would be wearing in the time period had they lived during it.
Students analyze the historical significance of the Mayflower Compact in the establishment of Plymouth colony. Working in groups, students identify the reasons why a colony at Plymouth had to be established. Groups work to create specific laws to carry out the purpose for the colony.
Young scholars create a Venn diagram to compare the Pilgrim's "First Thanksgiving" with today's Thanksgiving celebration. They use one type of graphic organizer, a Venn diagram, talk and read about the Thanksgiving celebration of 1621 at Plymouth.
Fourth graders investigate the hardships Pilgrims faced on the Mayflower and Speedwell. In this Pilgrim lesson, 4th graders listen to an account of the Pilgrim's voyage from Plymouth, England to present day Massachusetts. Students sit in a small taped off area of the classroom to experience the cramped quarters of the Mayflower. Students sing "The Speedwell and Mayflower song."
Students focus on the types of clothing that the Pilgrims and the Wampanoags wore for the First Thanksgiving. They study how the clothing was made before making samples to wear at a classroom Thanksgiving feast. They study the natural resources that were used to make the clothing.
Students discover how the Native American community helped the Pilgrims. For this philanthropy lesson, students explore New England Settlements and discuss the conditions settlers faced. Students read and discuss materials about Squanto, Massasoit and the Wampanoag Indians and review Squanto's philanthropic actions toward the Pilgrims. Finally, students create an acrostic poem with Squanto's name and are given a contemporary scenario where they must come up wit
In this Thanksgiving word search worksheet, students will find and circle 15 words. The word search is in the shape of a Pilgrim's hat.