Pilgrims - Thanksgiving Unit


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Directions: This Unit is recommended for K- 5th+. It has been designed to be completed in four weeks. Your students will learn about . If needed, read over General Directions for Cindy's Unit Studies for more information on multi-level teaching.

Textbooks Needed:

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Additional Reading Suggestions - Using A Beka, Our American Heritage, 3rd ed:

  • Pgs 38-47 (Miles Standish, Pilgrims, Mayflower), 3+
  • Pgs. 48-61 (Squanto, Thanksgiving), 3+

Additional Reading Suggestions - Using Literature (All of these could be use as read-alouds):

  • Daily Life in the Pilgrim Colony, 1636 by Paul Erickson. 48pgs, color illus.
  • Don’t Know Much About the Pilgrims by Kenneth Davis. 45 pgs, color.
  • If You Sailed on the Mayflower by Ann McGovern.
  • Mayflower, The. by Susan Whitehurst. 24 pgs, illus.
  • Mayflower Secret, William Bradford, Excellent historical fiction with Christian emphasis.
  • Miles Standish: Plymouth Colony Leader by Susan Martins Miller. 76 pgs, color.
  • Our Strange New Land : Elizabeth's Diary by Patricia Hermes. (Dear America series), 110 pgs.
  • Squanto's journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving by Joseph Bruchac. unpaged, illus. Squanto recounts how in 1614 he was captured by the British, sold into slavery in Spain, and ultimately returned to the New World to become a guide and friend for the colonists.
  • Thanksgiving on Thursday by Mary Pope Osborne. Magic Treehouse series. 73 pgs, b/w illus.

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Suggested Videos:

  • A Journey to the New World, Plymouth, 1920. (Check your library)


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Internet Activities:


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