World History – Middle Ages to American Revolution

Squanto and the First Thanksgiving

Come explore the Pilgrims, Squanto and the first Thanksgiving with us!

Native American - lesson plan for Squanto, Pilgrims, and Thanksgiving

Remember that there are lots of resources about Thanksgiving, and we are only providing a sampling for a lesson.  This is just enough to give students the highlights and exposure necessary.


  • p.10-11 about Pilgrims and Squanto in The New Americans
  • p.48-80 in …If You Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620
  • p.322 of Usborne World History

Internet Exploration:

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Make an edible craft of Squanto’s lesson for the Pilgrims – planting corn:


Printable Thanksgiving Game:



Independent Readings:

For young readers or as read alouds –

Squanto and the First Thanksgiving by Joyce K. Kessel

Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving by Eric Metaxas

Let’s Celebrate Thanksgiving by Peter & Connie Roop

The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dalgliesh

This First Thanksgiving Day by Laura Krauss Melmed

Squanto’s Journey by Joseph Bruchac

For older readers to explore –

Thanksgiving on Thursday by Mary Pope Osborne

Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrims by Clyde Robert Bulla

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 Squanto unit study blog post.

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