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The First Thanksgiving (Grades 3-5)

A historical journey of Thanksgiving explores the Mayflower voyage pact and the life of the colonial people by providing an understanding through writing and research.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Make a class library of Thanksgiving books
  • Use reader's theater to improve public speaking skills
Classroom Considerations

  • Part of a series of five assignments 
  • Make copies of the Mayflower Compact for each individual before starting the lesson (pdf included)

  • Resource includes reproducibles, assessments, and video
  • Designed for group work
  • Easily integrated with social studies and language arts

  • None
Included Materials

  • The First Thanksgiving Online Activity
  • Mayflower Compact
  • Venn Diagram
  • KWL Chart
  • Timeline
  • The First Thanksgiving Questions for Grades 3-5
  • The First Thanksgiving Answer Key for Grades 3-5
  • Grading Rubric for Grades 3-5

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