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Thanksgiving Fact Hunt

Have your students complete this printable fact hunt as they explore the multimedia First Thanksgiving unit.

  • Grades: 3–5, 6–8

Go to www.scholastic.com/thanksgiving to learn about the first Thanksgiving and find answers to these questions. 

1.  Since the pilgrims on the Mayflower traveled for months at sea, they needed to have food that would not spoil easily. Name six different foods that the pilgrims ate on the ship.

 

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2.  The master of the ship needed great math skills in order to navigate the ship. Back in the 1600s, there were no radar or navigation systems. What did the master use to keep the ships on course?

                                                                                                                                          

                                                                                                                                          

                                                                                                                                          
 


3.  The Mayflower wasn't originally built to hold passengers, and because of that the Pilgrims faced many hardships on their voyage. What were the three hardships they faced aboard the Mayflower?       

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4.  Both the Pilgrims and Wampanoag depended on their environment in order to live.  Which items from their environment did they use to create their homes and clothing?

 

 

 

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5.  Name the similarities between the way the Pilgrims and Wampanoag dressed. Name the differences between the way the Pilgrims and Wampanoag dressed.

                                                                                                                                          

                                                                                                                                          

                                                                                                                                          
 

6. The East Coast of the United States is covered by woodlands, and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean.  How did this location effect what the Pilgrims and Wampanoag ate for food?

                                                                                                                                          

                                                                                                                                          

                                                                                                                                          
 

7.  Children in the 1600s performed chores that helped their families survive.  What type of chores did the children complete?  Were there differences between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag chores?

                                                                                                                                          

                                                                                                                                          

                                                                                                                                          
 

8. Why does our country celebrate the holiday of Thanksgiving?

                                                                                                                                          

                                                                                                                                          

 

9.  What is the name of the Wampanoag leader that helped the Pilgrims survive at Plymouth?  What was the meaning of his name?

                                                                                                                                          

                                                                                                                                          

 

10.  Turkey, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce are usually associated with Thanksgiving celebrations today.  However, the first Thanksgiving was much different then how it is celebrated today.  What did you learn about how the first Thanksgiving was celebrated? What foods did they eat at the First Thanksgiving?

                                                                                                                                          

                                                                                                                                          

                                                                                                                                          

                                                                                                                                          

 

Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt Answers

  • Subjects:
    Native American History, Pilgrims, Thanksgiving
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