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Thanksgiving Study - Questions for Discussion

A brief study about Thanksgiving with discussion questions.


  1. What is the name of the ship on which the Pilgrims sailed to the New World?
  2. When did the Pilgrims land in Provincetown Harbor?
  3. What is the name of the document that created the way for the Pilgrims to govern themselves?
  4. What is the name of the Indian tribe that befriended the Pilgrims?
  5. What does that name mean?
  6. Can you name any streets or places in your area which are named after Indians?
  7. Who helped the Pilgrims plant corn (maize), peas, and barley?
  8. What did the Pilgrims eat at the first Thanksgiving feast?
  9. Do we still eat those foods today?
  10. What do you eat at your Thanksgiving dinner?
  11. Squirrels gather nuts and acorns to store for food for long winters. Why did the Pilgrims store food in the fall of 1621?
  12. What do you think it would have been like to have been a Pilgrim?

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