Lesson Plan

Thanksgiving 1—Pilgrims and American Indians

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The Pilgrims first arrived in America in order to gain religious freedom. Here is a lesson that takes the class on this journey with the Pilgrims, stopping to look at how they got here, who they met when they arrived, and a peek into beginning life in America.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Create a word wall or have learners define the important key words discussed throughout the lesson
  • Assign class groups or partners a particular American Indian tribe to research and present the history of the tribe to the class
Classroom Considerations
  • The worksheets would work well for ELLs of any age
  • Requires a map of the world and the United States
  • Along with the lesson, the resource includes handouts, worksheets, an answer key, as well as extension ideas
  • May need extra background information
Common Core