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Students explore the concept of the first Thanksgiving. In this Thanksgiving lesson, students discover what it was like to live during that time period. Students compare and contrast the first Thanksgiving to their own.
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.
Students 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.
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Migration and settlement of Plymouth, this presentation is sure to engage your young historians with its clear maps and historical documents.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.
The tender story Molly's Pilgrim, coupled with a history mini-lesson, is a great way to discuss the meaning of Thanksgiving.
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 pupils 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 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 research authentic information about the clothing worn by urban European immigrants who came to live in the Wampanoag village of Patuxet (now Plymouth, Massachusetts) in 1620. They recognize the types of hats worn by men and women now known as Pilgrims, and create hats that are historically accurate.
Pupils 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.
Fifth graders explore the problems encountered by the Pilgrims during their journey and their first year in Plymouth Colony. They compare and contrast the culture of the Native Americans and the Pilgrims. Students describe how the Native Americans helped the Pilgrims and the significance of their Thanksgiving celebration.
In this social studies instructional activity, students recall the events of the Pilgrims, their arrival in Plymouth and the events of the first Thanksgiving. Kids read a story which has 8 missing words. Students choose the correct word from the word bank.
Third graders recall the reasons why the Pilgrims came to the New World. They ideology and compare and contrast the ideology of the Puritans and Roger iams. They study the colony of New York.
Students use primary source documents to discuss the Mayflower Compact and the story of the first Thanksgiving. They discover how the Pilgrims were influenced in developing a community and American democracy.
In this Pilgrims at Plymouth word find worksheet, students search the puzzle to locate terms associated with the Pilgrims at Plymouth.
Students investigate The First Thanksgiving. In this Thanksgiving lesson, students explore the experiences, actions, and decisions of the settlement of the Plymouth colony. Students research information, use timelines, and KWL charts to understand the reason for the journey to the New World.
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!
Third graders discuss the book on the pilgrims. They write a poem of the hardships of the boat or on the land. Students write journal entries as a pilgrim on boat or on the land. They complete a collage of the foods that the pilgrims ate (can either be drawn or cut out).
Students research the first Thanksgiving. In this first Thanksgiving lesson plan, students research the Internet about how the first Thanksgiving came about between the Native Americans and the Pilgrims. They complete a KWL chart, and write about what they learned.
Fifth graders investigate the history of Native Americans by examining a treaty agreement. In this U.S. Government lesson, 5th graders identify the Wampanoag Indians, their geography, and the relationship they formed with the Jamestown settlers. Students write persuasive mock letters to a deceased leader of a tribe.