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Integrating social studies and language arts is a great way to reinforce the standards while teaching history. This unit can be used to teach history while practicing reading and writing skills.

About this unit:

This unit includes a variety of materials that can be used to teach your students about the Mayflower, the Pilgrims, The First Thanksgiving, and even turkeys. You decide how and what you want to teach your students. These materials can be used with any book, presentation, or discussion you have with your class.

What's Included:

Section 1: The Mayflower

  • Contents/suggestions for use
  • Mayflower WH’s organizer
  • Student Created Mayflower Fact Mini Book
  • What Could You Bring? (Mayflower sorting activity)
  • The Mayflower Voyage Reading Passage
  • The Mayflower Voyage Comprehension Companion
  • The Mayflower Voyage Constructed Response
  • Mayflower craft templates

Section 2: The Pilgrims/The First Thanksgiving

  • Contents/Suggestions for use
  • Pilgrim’s Life/My Life Venn diagram
  • Pilgrims Could/Had/Were
  • Native Americans Could/Had/Were
  • Pilgrim Web
  • Native American Web
  • The Pilgrims 5 W's/1 H mini book
  • The First Thanksgiving Circle Map
  • The First Thanksgiving/Thanksgiving Today Venn diagram
  • Truth or Lie? (three truths and a lie)
  • Fact/Opinion Scoot with recording sheet-color and b/w versions (all information related to Pilgrims/First Thanksgiving)
  • True/False I Spy with recording sheet-color and b/w versions
  • 3 Paragraph Puzzles about the Pilgrims/First Thanksgiving
  • The First Thanksgiving Writing Paper

Section 3: Turkeys

  • Contents/suggestions for use
  • Turkey Fact Mingle
  • Turkeys Can/Have/Are
  • Turkey Fact Flap Book

Section 4: How Thanksgiving Became a Holiday

  • Contents/suggestions for use
  • Sarah Hale Comprehension Questions

Section 5: Writing Prompts

  • Contents/suggestions for use
  • How to Cook a Turkey Writing Paper
  • If I Were a Pilgrim Writing Paper
  • My Thanksgiving Traditions Writing Paper
  • I’m Thankful for… Writing Paper
  • Blank Title Line Writing Paper
  • Lined paper to coordinate with all prompts for students who need more than one page to accommodate their writing

Be sure to check out the preview file to see what’s included!

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110 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.
Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.
Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.
Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g., because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section.
By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 2–3 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.


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