The First Thanksgiving Activities Comparing Then And Now Thematic Unit 1st Grade

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K - 1st, Homeschool
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8 different hands on learning stations about Pilgrim life long ago.
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This has been the hit of our kindergarten year so far! The centers were so much fun and my kinders have continued to make reference to them and the Pilgrims ever since November!
An amazing resource which combines fun and learning! My students had a blast having a Pilgrim day and talked about these activities for weeks afterward!
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Take a step back in time as you teach students about the first Thanksgiving and life long ago. Your class will love spending the day in the life of a pilgrim as they travel from station to station learning about the daily life of a pilgrim boy and girl.

Included in this resource are 8 different stations where students will learn about the different chores and activities of a pilgrim child. These hands-on activities can be taught as separate lessons or set up this resource as an engaging Thanksgiving event in your classroom.



Included in this resource:

  • Station 1 - The pilgrims wrote with a feather quill. - Students will practice writing their name using a feather quill and fancy letters.
  • Station 2 - The pilgrims made quilts. - Students will each make a paper quilt square and then put them all together to make a friendship quilt.
  • Station 3 - The pilgrims cooked. - Students will help make pumpkin pie and then show the sequence of events on the “How To Make Pumpkin Pie” worksheet.
  • Station 4 - The pilgrims planted gardens. - Students will plant vegetables in cups and care for them in your classroom garden.
  • Station 5 - The pilgrims hunted. - In this write the room activity, students will hunt for different animal cards hidden around the room. They will write the name of each animal that they find on their worksheet.
  • Station 6 - The pilgrims went fishing - Students will fish for math facts that match the answers on their worksheet.
  • Station 7 - The pilgrims built houses. - Students will build miniature pilgrim houses.
  • Station 8 - The pilgrims made clothing. - Two options are included for this station. Students can make a pilgrim hat or use lacing cards to practice sewing.


  • Large feather
  • Pumpkin pie ingredients
  • Cups, dirt, seeds
  • Mini pretzel sticks
  • Dowel rod with magnet "fishing pole" - (optional)


Here's what people are saying about this resource:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "BEST DAY OF THE YEAR! My students LOVED this. Cannot wait to build on my activities from this year and continue this classroom tradition."

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "We loved this resource! It was so much fun doing all of the activities and very easy setup. The kids loved each activity and were engaged in everything. I would highly recommend this resource for a fun pre-Thanksgiving activity."

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "This is probably the most fun and engaging activity I have done so far this year! A huge hit, and super easy to understand. An excellent resource."

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this! I am not a creative person so I am amazed at the creativity! I also love that it was not time-consuming or expensive to implement these centers and yet these centers are so meaningful! After a week of learning about pilgrims, this was a perfect culminating task to bring it all home!"


Ideas For Use:

  • Use as an introduction to learning about the First Thanksgiving.
  • Use these stations to host a family night event about Thanksgiving at school.
  • Use as individual activities during your Thanksgiving lessons.
  • Use these activities during your lessons about life long ago.
  • Use these activities to compare life long ago to today.


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