World History – Middle Ages to American Revolution

Puritans at Plymouth

Come explore the Pilgrims, the Mayflower, and the Plymouth colony with us!Pilgrim


  • p. 11-12 about Puritans and the Plymouth Colony in The Thirteen Colonies
  • p.8-9 about Puritans and the Mayflower in The New Americans
  • p.22-24 about Plymouth in Colonial Living
  • p.8-47 in …If You Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620 (will focus on interactions with Native Americans on another day)
  • p.322 of Usborne World History

Internet Exploration:

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Explore the Mayflower and its voyage


CLICK HERE to see my YouTube playlist for this topic.


Inside the Mayflower craft:

Mayflower Worksheet

Learn how to talk like a Pilgrim:

Thirteen Colonies Geography & Memorization:

Color in and label the colony of Massachusetts on a blank map of the Thirteen Colonies.  Review location and name of Virginia which you have already colored in a previous lesson.

Independent Readings:

For young readers or as read alouds –

N.C. Wyeth’s Pilgrims by Robert D. San Souci

The Voyage of the Mayflower by Allison Lassieur

Off to Plymouth Rock by Dandi Daley Mackall

Three Young Pilgrims by Cheryl Harness

Mayflower 1620 by Plimoth Plantation

Sarah Morton’s Day by Kate Waters

Who’s that Stepping on Plymouth Rock? by Jean Fritz

For older readers to explore –


The Journal of Jasper Jonathan Pierce by Ann Rinaldi

A Journey to the New World by Kathryn Lasky

The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower by P.J. Lynch

Let’s Go to Plymouth with the Pilgrims by Mary Jo Borreson

Want More?

You could find lots of activities and readings for this topic, but I had to limit ours to what we could cover in a day or two.  A great collection of resources is available on Meet Penny‘s Mayflower unit study blog post.

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