In this lesson you will be teaching your students about Squanto, the help he gave to the Pilgrims, and the first Thanksgiving in America.
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Suggested General Resources
- World Wall Map
- Map of U.S.A. or 13 Colonies
- 13-Star U.S.A. Flag for wall
- Posters of Early Americans
- Small Dot Stickers
- Washable Markers, Crayons, and/or Colored Pencils
- Glue Sticks
- Plates, Bowls, Napkins, Utensils, Small Cups
- Computer, Black and White Printer (color printer optional), and Printer Paper
- Costumes, Handmade or Purchased: Pilgrim and Native American
- Assembled Timeline File Folder for each child and Timeline Poster (click here for instructions and free printables)
- Assembled History Journal filled with Worksheets for each child (click here for instructions and free printables)
Additional Items Recommended For This Lesson
- Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving by Eric Metaxas
- Great Colonial America Projects: You Can Build Yourself
- Biography Mini-Books: Famous Americans
- 15” length of string per child
- 1 Unsharpened Pencil or Stick per child
- Masking Tape
- 1 Plastic or Wooden Ring per child
- Recipe Ingredients: Cooked pumpkin or squash, butter, cider vinegar, ground ginger, salt
OR Timesaver Snack Ingredients: Pumpkin pudding mix, milk
Week 3 Lesson Plan
For suggestions on how to conduct each activity below, please see the introductory post.
Year and Subject
1621: Squanto helps the Pilgrims, and the first Thanksgiving.
Find Malaga, Spain and Plymouth, Massachusetts.
Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgivingby Eric Metaxas
Please click here for Timeline instructions and free printables.
Pilgrim & Native American
Please click here for History Journal assembly instructions.
Page 5: Maze (The Light and the Glory : Children’s Activity Book – page 24)
Page 6: Squanto and Pilgrim Coloring Page (The Light and the Glory Children’s Activity Book – page 30)
Activity: Ring & Pin Game
Read from page 23 of Great Colonial America Projects: You Can Build Yourself. Follow the instructions to make the Ring and Pin Game. I recommend using unsharpened pencils or blunt sticks for younger children. I plan to use sticks instead of pencils and wooden rings (from a craft shop) instead of plastic rings to make the game slightly more authentic.
Food: Stewed Pompion (Pumpkin) or Pumpkin Pudding
The early Pilgrims ate stewed pumpkin regularly. Find the recipe on this page of the plimoth.org web site.
Timesaver snack idea: pumpkin pudding made from a mix.
In class the kids used beans and seeds to create a mosaic. Kids seem to always enjoy mosaics – not only is it sensory play, but they get to be creative too!
Please see my American History Pinterest Board for craft ideas!
Thanksgiving Poster: The Light and the Glory : Children’s Activity Book (page 33)
Squanto Mini-Book from Biography Mini-Books: Famous Americans (page 27)
Copyright 2015 Kathryn Depew