Welcome to Mrs. Ritenour's Thanksgiving Internet Workshop

Web Sites

First Thanksgiving

Read about the journey of the Mayflower, daily life, and the Thanksgiving feast

History of the Mayflower

Read about the Mayflower and its voyage, the Pilgrims, Life in Plymouth, the Wanpanoag Indians, and Cape Cod

Mayflower Passenger and Crew Interviews

Talk to the people who travelled on the Mayflower.

Pilgrim Interviews

Find out more about life in 1621 from these past interview transcripts

Wampanoag Interview

Experience the events of 1621 through the eyes of a Wampanoag.

Pilgrim Clothing

Read about and see clothing worn by the Pilgrims.

Plymouth Colony Clothing

Read about and see clothing worn by the Pilgrims.

Talk like a Pilgrim

Here are a few examples of English words, greetings and phrases that might be used the English Colonists at Plymouth (many people call them “Pilgrims” today).


Use the web sites above to help you complete the steps below.

If you would like to print worksheets to go with the activities below, click here.

If you would like to show your learning in another way, see the Show Your Learning section below.

If you would like to print the directions for the activities, click here.

Visit the following four web sites, First Thanksgiving, History of the Mayflower, Mayflower Passenger and Crew Interviews, and Pilgrim Interviews Use what you learned about the Mayflower's voyage and life on the Mayflower to complete the first activity.

Activity 1

Think about life on the Mayflower. Write a diary entry as if you were a passenger on the Mayflower. Before you write, think about the following questions. How would you feel? What would you see? What would you hear, smell, and eat? What would you do for fun? How does traveling on the Mayflower compare to other ways you've traveled before? (car, airplane, etc.) You may illustrate your diary entry if you'd like.


Visit the First Thanksgiving web site links- (Daily Life and Thanksgiving Feast), the History of the Mayflower site link- (The Wampanoag), and the Wampanoag Interview site.

Activity 2

After learning about the Pilgrims and Indians' daily life, use a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast your life to that of a Pilgrim or of a Wampanoag Indian.


Visit the following web sites:

First Thanksgiving web site links- (Daily Life) (Clothes). Read and listen to the information about clothing worn by the Pilgrims.

Next, visit the History of the Mayflower web site links- (Life in Plymouth) (Clothing). Read the information and look at the pictures.

Visit the Pilgrim Clothing web site and the Plymouth Colony Clothing sites. Read the information and look at the pictures.

After visiting the web sites listed above, use your knowledge to complete activity three.

Activity 3

Draw a picture of yourself dressed like a Pilgrim child. Which activities, that you enjoy today, would be different if you had to dress like a Pilgrim? How would they be different? Would any of your favorite activities be impossible if you were dressed like a Pilgrim? Why?


Visit the First Thanksgiving web site link- (Thanksgiving Feast). After reading and listening to the information, complete activity four.

Activity 4

Draw a picture of a Thanksgiving feast that the Pilgrims would have shared. Under your picture, explain what you would and would not have enjoyed about the meal. Explain how the way the Pilgrims prepared for the feast is different than how your family prepares for a meal.


Visit the Talk like a Pilgrim web site. Listen to and read words used by the Pilgrims. Then, use your learning to complete activity five.

Activity 5

After listening to language used by Pilgrims, write a conversation you would have with a friend using the language used by the Pilgrims. Make puppets out of paper bags to go along with your conversation.



Show Your Learning

You may make posters, use PowerPoint, Kidspiration, Kidpix, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Word, or any other form of media, you are familiar with, to present your learning. You may also write a book, write poems, or write and perform songs to show your learning.


Share Your Learning

Ask your teacher when you can share your learning with your classmates.


1. Be prepared- make a check list so you don't forget any supplies, papers, or other items you need.

2. Practice makes perfect- practice your presentation in front of a mirror or in front of a friend or family member.

3. Speak clearly- speak slowly, use facial expressions, don't forget to speak loud enough so all can hear.

4. Be prepared for questions- think about questions that your classmates may have about your presentation, are you prepared to answer those questions?

5. Reflect- reflect on your learning and on your presentation skills, what could you have done to make them better and what did you do that worked well?



Use the rubrics to help guide your learning.

Click Here for the Rubrics.

©Angie Ritenour November 2006

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