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The Pilgrims: Mayflower Compact

For Students 5th - 12th Standards
What was the Mayflower Compact? Watch a video that explains the purpose of coming to New England on the Mayflower and the social compact that bound the Pilgrims to the government and laws that would be created in the new land.
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The First Thanksgiving (Grades 6-8)

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Take your middle schoolers back to the first Thanksgiving with an engaging cross-curricular unit that ties together topics in social studies and ELA. While learning about he settlement at Plymouth young scholars participate in a series...
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The Pilgrims: William Bradford

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
As a young boy, William Bradford was drawn to the Separatist idea that Christ could be with a person through prayer and worship. But soon after the Separatists arrived to Plymouth, the experiment in the New England had failed. Watch a...
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The Pilgrims: The First Winter

For Students 4th - 6th Standards
After over 66 days of sailing across the Atlantic on the Mayflower, the Pilgrims met their worst enemy: winter. Watch a video that discusses the difficulties and deaths the passengers faced once they arrived to Plymouth during the winter...
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The Pilgrims: Native American Relationship to the Land

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
An informative video sets the context for a lesson that asks young historians to consider how cultural values influence perspective. Groups compare the attitudes reflected in a journal entry of a member of the Plymouth Colony to those of...
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Choosing Plymouth - Pilgrim Study Unit

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
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...
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Pilgrims and Puritans

For Teachers 11th - 12th
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...
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The Pilgrims: The Origins of Separatism

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Why did the Separatists want to leave the Church of England? A short video introduces viewers to some of the tenets of this religious movement that led the Pilgrims to America.
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Settling the Plymouth Colony

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students use the Internet and graphic organizers to research the Plymouth Colony the experience of the Pilgrims. Students compare and contrast different colonies and develop a timeline showcasing their research.
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On This Day: Mayflower Compact

For Students 7th - Higher Ed Standards
Learners consider how the Mayflower Compact created a sense of order for the new residents of North America. Video clips include a scholar and a re-enactor playing Plymouth Gov. William Bradford, and others include Native American...
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Pilgrim Heritage and Ancestory

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
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...
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Life in Plymouth - Pilgrim Study Unit

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
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...
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The Pilgrim Fathers

For Students 3rd - 4th
In this social studies worksheet, students recall the events of the Pilgrims, their arrival in Plymouth and the events of the first Thanksgiving. Students read a story which has 8 missing words. Students choose the correct word from the...
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The Plymouth Colony

For Teachers 3rd
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...
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The Pilgrims: Alliance with Massasoit’s People and the First Thanksgiving

For Students 2nd - 5th Standards
Is the story of the First Thanksgiving actually all it's said to have been? Watch a video that sheds light on the event, who Samoset and Massasoit were, and what the First Thanksgiving was really all about.
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Puritanism

For Teachers 7th - 8th
A few vital statistics about the Mayflower, and a note here and there regarding Plymouth and the Massachusetts Bay Colony make this a good review tool. Leaners are given basic facts about Puritanism, Puritan theology, and the effects of...
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Plymouth Colony

For Students 11th - 12th Standards
Read about the tumultuous beginning to the United States with an informational text passage about Colonial America. As young researchers peruse an article about the arrival of the Mayflower, the settlers' relationship to the neighboring...
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Life on Plymouth Plantation

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders research life of Plymouth Plantation and write letters about life there home. In this Plymouth life lesson, 3rd graders complete a webquest as they gather information about the journey to America on the Mayflower and the...
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Pilgrims

For Students 3rd - 6th
In this pilgrims worksheet, students read facts about the history of the Pilgrims beginning during the early 1600's and ending with the first Thanksgiving. Students answer thirteen short answer questions.
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US History Overview 1: Jamestown to the Civil War

For Students 8th - 11th
Complete with territory maps, photos, and interesting anecdotes, this video covers the major events of American History, roughly from 1754 to 1865. Plymouth and Jamestown are mentioned in the beginning of the video, but the speaker...
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Planning for the Voyage - Pilgrim Study Unit

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
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...
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Life for the Pilgrims on the Mayflower and in the "New World"

For Teachers K - 4th
What was life like for the Pilgrims traveling on the Mayflower? Elementary historians explore the Pilgrims' experience on the Mayflower before creating a map of the journey a drawing of the ship.
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The Settlement of New England

For Teachers 8th - 11th
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...
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Thanksgiving Interactive: You are the Historian

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
Take on the roles of two very different individuals living together during the same time: a pilgrim and a member from the Wampanoag Tribe. As learners navigate through the interactive, each click takes them to a part of each village to...