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Teacher Workbooks

Language Arts Series


Basic Skills
Thanksgiving Theme – Volume 1

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Table of Contents
Reading Comprehension 1-5

Reading Comprehension – Internet Information 6-11

Alphabetizing 12-30

Word Jumble 31-32

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Name ___________________________________________ Date __________________________
Language Arts: Thanksgiving

Directions:
Read through the following text. Answer the questions that follow in complete sentences.
Remember to proofread for correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Thanksgiving

The Pilgrims sailed to America on the Mayflower. They arrived in the


United States of America on December 11, 1620. In their homeland of England,
these persons were members of the English Separatist Church. Prior to their
arrival in the United States, the Pilgrims fled to Holland, also known as the
Netherlands, to escape religious persecution. Although the Pilgrims reveled more
tolerance for their religious beliefs here, they eventually became dissatisfied with
the way of life of the Dutch. Thus, the Pilgrims began their pilgrimage to
America.

1. Why did the Pilgrims leave England?

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2. What does the word tolerance mean?

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3. Identify one reason, other than religious beliefs, why people are sometimes
persecuted? Why do you think this happens?

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Directions:
Write a summary of the information presented above. Remember to write in complete
sentences.

Thanksgiving

Plymouth Rock was the site of the Pilgrim’s landing on December 11,
1620. One hundred two persons sailed to America aboard the Mayflower. The
Pilgrims were not used to the climate of America and within one year of their
arrival, and due primarily to the first, harsh winter, only 51 Pilgrims remained.
With the help of the Native Americans, the first harvest was plentiful. As a result,
91 Native Americans and the remaining Pilgrims held a feast together. This
particular celebration lasted three days.

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Name ___________________________________________ Date __________________________
Language Arts: Thanksgiving

Directions:
Read through the following text. Answer the questions that follow in complete sentences.
Remember to proofread for correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Thanksgiving

In 1789 George Washington declared a National Day of Thanksgiving.


However, not everyone in the original colonies approved of this proclamation.
During that time a magazine editor by the name of Sarah Josepha Hale wrote and
wrote for the support of such a holiday. After 40 years of writing, she was heard!
In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln announced that Thanksgiving would be a
national holiday, and be celebrated on the last Thursday in November. The date of
the Thanksgiving holiday has since been adjusted several times. However, in
1941, it was officially protected as a legal holiday to be held on the last Thursday
in November.

1. What does the word proclamation mean as used in this text?

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2. When did Thanksgiving become an official and legal holiday?

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3. When is Thanksgiving held?

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Name ___________________________________________ Date __________________________
Language Arts: Thanksgiving

Directions:
Read the following text. Write a summary of the information. Include at least 3
sentences. Remember to proofread for correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Thanksgiving

Festivals revolving around a theme of thanksgiving and harvest occur at


various times, all over the world in different cultures and religions. For example,
the Chinese culture celebrates the Chinese New Year and a Mid Autumn Festival.
Onam and Pongal are harvest celebrations recognized in India. The Jewish faith
celebrates Sukkoth. Canadians and Americans celebrate Thanksgiving.

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Name ___________________________________________ Date __________________________
Language Arts: Thanksgiving

Directions:
Read the following text. Write a summary of the paragraph. Include at least 3 complete
sentences. Remember to proofread for correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Wampanoag People

Thousands of years ago, Native Americans settled in forests, fields, and


coastlines. The Wampanoag culture existed among the eastern part of America.
Hence, their name refers to “eastern people” and “people of dawn”. In the early
part of their culture, each territory was known as a separate group such as Nausea,
Pawtucket, and Pocomoke. Each group, or community, had the leadership and
authority of their own particular space.

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Name ___________________________________________ Date __________________________
Language Arts: Thanksgiving

Directions:
Visit the web link below to answer the following questions. Remember to answer in
complete sentences and answer in your own words.

http://www.woodbridgechips.com/turkeytrivia.html

1. Where did turkeys originate?

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2. Identify 2 uses of turkey feathers.

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3. What are baby turkeys called and what do they look like?

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4. Describe 3 attributes of a turkey.

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5. Which turkey, male or female, gobble? What is the gobble used for?

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Name ___________________________________________ Date __________________________
Language Arts: Thanksgiving

Directions:
Visit the following Internet web link to answer the questions below. Have fun, and
remember to answer in complete sentences. Proofread for correct spelling, punctuation, and
grammar.

http://www.nashville.k12.tn.us/CurriculumAwards/colonists/PILGRIM_SCAVENGER.html

1. What happened to the Speedwell while on the voyage with the Mayflower?

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2. Prior to arrival in America, where did the Pilgrims flee to first?

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3. Who was the leader of the Wampanoags? What did he do?

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4. When did the Pilgrims leave England for America?

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5. What other name were the Pilgrims known as?

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Name ___________________________________________ Date __________________________
Language Arts: Thanksgiving

Directions:
Visit the following Internet web link to answer the questions below. Have fun, and
remember to answer in complete sentences. Proofread for correct spelling, punctuation, and
grammar.

http://www.nashville.k12.tn.us/CurriculumAwards/colonists/PILGRIM_SCAVENGER.html

1. In what present day Massachusetts town did the Pilgrims arrive on November 11,
1620?

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2. Who was the first Native American that the Pilgrims met upon their arrival to
America?

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3. Why was Squanto important to the Pilgrims?

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4. Why were William Bradford and John Carver important?

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5. Who was Oceanus?

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Name ___________________________________________ Date __________________________
Language Arts: Thanksgiving

Directions:
Visit the following Internet web link to answer the questions below. Have fun, and
remember to answer in complete sentences. Proofread for correct spelling, punctuation, and
grammar.

http://www.nashville.k12.tn.us/CurriculumAwards/colonists/PILGRIM_SCAVENGER.html

1. Why were the Pilgrims also called Separatists?

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2. Crossing the Atlantic Ocean took a total of how many days?

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3. According to William Bradford, what was the Mayflower Compact?

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4. How did Samoset learn to speak and understand the English language?

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5. What tribe was Samoset a member of?

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Name ___________________________________________ Date __________________________
Language Arts: Thanksgiving

Directions:
Visit the following Internet web link to answer the questions below. Have fun, and
remember to answer in complete sentences. Proofread for correct spelling, punctuation, and
grammar.

http://www.nashville.k12.tn.us/CurriculumAwards/colonists/PILGRIM_SCAVENGER.html

1. Who were the people known as “merchant adventurers”?

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2. What role did these people play in the Pilgrims voyage to America?

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3. When did the Pilgrims first leave England?

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4. What occurred on September 6, 1620?

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5. What was Squantos Native American name?

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Name ___________________________________________ Date __________________________
Language Arts: Thanksgiving

Directions:
Visit the following Internet web link to answer the questions below. Have fun, and
remember to answer in complete sentences. Proofread for correct spelling, punctuation, and
grammar.

http://www.nashville.k12.tn.us/CurriculumAwards/colonists/PILGRIM_SCAVENGER.html

1. What is an interpreter?

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2. Why do you think the baby born at sea was named Oceanus?

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3. Why did the Speedwell return to England?

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4. Why was Massasoit important?

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5. What did King Charles, of England, do in 1614?

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Name ___________________________________________ Date __________________________
Language Arts: Thanksgiving

Directions:
Alphabetize each word from the word box on the lines provided. Remember to proofread
for correct spelling!

Word Box

England plentiful Speedwell corn

Mayflower Pilgrims Native American harvest

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2. _________________________________

3. _________________________________

4. _________________________________

5. _________________________________

6. _________________________________

7. _________________________________

8. _________________________________

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Name ___________________________________________ Date __________________________
Language Arts: Thanksgiving

Directions:
Alphabetize each word from the word box on the lines provided. Remember to proofread
for correct spelling!

Word Box

gathering Pilgrims thankfulness Separatists

America Samoset ocean England

1. _________________________________

2. _________________________________

3. _________________________________

4. _________________________________

5. _________________________________

6. _________________________________

7. _________________________________

8. _________________________________

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Name ___________________________________________ Date __________________________
Language Arts: Thanksgiving

Directions:
Alphabetize each word from the word box on the lines provided. Remember to proofread
for correct spelling!

Word Box

North Atlantic stuffing voyage turkey

corn Plymouth symbols English

1. _________________________________

2. _________________________________

3. _________________________________

4. _________________________________

5. _________________________________

6. _________________________________

7. _________________________________

8. _________________________________

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Name ___________________________________________ Date __________________________
Language Arts: Thanksgiving

Directions:
Alphabetize each word from the word box on the lines provided. Remember to proofread
for correct spelling!

Word Box

peace mashed potatoes stuffing bread

corn turkey gravy squash

1. _________________________________

2. _________________________________

3. _________________________________

4. _________________________________

5. _________________________________

6. _________________________________

7. _________________________________

8. _________________________________

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Name ___________________________________________ Date __________________________
Language Arts: Thanksgiving

Directions:
Alphabetize each word from the word box on the lines provided. Remember to proofread
for correct spelling!

Word Box

gathering Massasoit Thanksgiving feast

Netherlands feathers interpreter freedom

1. _________________________________

2. _________________________________

3. _________________________________

4. _________________________________

5. _________________________________

6. _________________________________

7. _________________________________

8. _________________________________

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Name ___________________________________________ Date __________________________
Language Arts: Thanksgiving

Directions:
Alphabetize each word from the word box on the lines provided. Remember to proofread
for correct spelling!

Word Box

Indian corn Pilgrims Cape Cod frigid

Mayflower Compact Plymouth Captain Standish Mayflower

1. _________________________________

2. _________________________________

3. _________________________________

4. _________________________________

5. _________________________________

6. _________________________________

7. _________________________________

8. _________________________________

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Name ___________________________________________ Date __________________________
Language Arts: Thanksgiving

Directions:
Alphabetize each word from the word box on the lines provided. Remember to proofread
for correct spelling!

Word Box

Pilgrims turkey Samoset explorers

colonists Native Americans settlement Tisquantum

1. _________________________________

2. _________________________________

3. _________________________________

4. _________________________________

5. _________________________________

6. _________________________________

7. _________________________________

8. _________________________________

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Name ___________________________________________ Date __________________________
Language Arts: Thanksgiving

Directions:
Alphabetize each word from the word box on the lines provided. Remember to proofread
for correct spelling!

Word Box

Massasoit vessel Provincetown colony

Europeans Plymouth wheat barley

1. _________________________________

2. _________________________________

3. _________________________________

4. _________________________________

5. _________________________________

6. _________________________________

7. _________________________________

8. _________________________________

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Name ___________________________________________ Date __________________________
Language Arts: Thanksgiving

Directions:
Alphabetize each word from the word box on the lines provided. Remember to proofread
for correct spelling!

Word Box

Holland beaver skins peas Massachusetts

plantation barley colonists crops

1. _________________________________

2. _________________________________

3. _________________________________

4. _________________________________

5. _________________________________

6. _________________________________

7. _________________________________

8. _________________________________

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Name ___________________________________________ Date __________________________
Language Arts: Thanksgiving

Directions:
Alphabetize each word from the word box on the lines provided. Remember to proofread
for correct spelling!

Word Box

freedom New World Mayflower Compact Saints

Dutch pilgrims prosecution Strangers

1. _________________________________

2. _________________________________

3. _________________________________

4. _________________________________

5. _________________________________

6. _________________________________

7. _________________________________

8. _________________________________

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Name ___________________________________________ Date __________________________
Language Arts: Thanksgiving

Directions:
Alphabetize each word from the word box on the lines provided. Remember to proofread
for correct spelling!

Word Box

England Provincetown Samoset Cape Cod

Patuxets Squanto harvest settlement

1. _________________________________

2. _________________________________

3. _________________________________

4. _________________________________

5. _________________________________

6. _________________________________

7. _________________________________

8. _________________________________

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Name ___________________________________________ Date __________________________
Language Arts: Thanksgiving

Directions:
Alphabetize each word from the word box on the lines provided. Remember to proofread
for correct spelling!

Word Box

cured sap fruits vegetables

voyage crops fish planting

1. _________________________________

2. _________________________________

3. _________________________________

4. _________________________________

5. _________________________________

6. _________________________________

7. _________________________________

8. _________________________________

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Name ___________________________________________ Date __________________________
Language Arts: Thanksgiving

Directions:
Alphabetize each word from the word box on the lines provided. Remember to proofread
for correct spelling!

Word Box

celebrate Plymouth salt Abnaki Indian

custom governor settlement Pilgrims

1. _________________________________

2. _________________________________

3. _________________________________

4. _________________________________

5. _________________________________

6. _________________________________

7. _________________________________

8. _________________________________

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Name ___________________________________________ Date __________________________
Language Arts: Thanksgiving

Directions:
Alphabetize each word from the word box on the lines provided. Remember to proofread
for correct spelling!

Word Box

Indian corn celebration turkey peas

vegetables barley fruit wheat

1. _________________________________

2. _________________________________

3. _________________________________

4. _________________________________

5. _________________________________

6. _________________________________

7. _________________________________

8. _________________________________

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Name ___________________________________________ Date __________________________
Language Arts: Thanksgiving

Directions:
Alphabetize each word from the word box on the lines provided. Remember to proofread
for correct spelling!

Word Box

Mayflower Compact North Atlantic voyage England

Pilgrims Wampanoag New World Mayflower

1. _________________________________

2. _________________________________

3. _________________________________

4. _________________________________

5. _________________________________

6. _________________________________

7. _________________________________

8. _________________________________

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Name ___________________________________________ Date __________________________
Language Arts: Thanksgiving

Directions:
Alphabetize each word from the word box on the lines provided. Remember to proofread
for correct spelling!

Word Box

crops mashed potatoes vessel colonists

cornucopia gathering maple trees cranberries

1. _________________________________

2. _________________________________

3. _________________________________

4. _________________________________

5. _________________________________

6. _________________________________

7. _________________________________

8. _________________________________

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Name ___________________________________________ Date __________________________
Language Arts: Thanksgiving

Directions:
Alphabetize each word from the word box on the lines provided. Remember to proofread
for correct spelling!

Word Box

feast symbols tradition celebration

gathering turkey thanks customs

1. _________________________________

2. _________________________________

3. _________________________________

4. _________________________________

5. _________________________________

6. _________________________________

7. _________________________________

8. _________________________________

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Name ___________________________________________ Date __________________________
Language Arts: Thanksgiving

Directions:
Alphabetize each word from the word box on the lines provided. Remember to proofread
for correct spelling!

Word Box

friendship harsh cornucopia gathering

harvest plentiful winter corn

1. _________________________________

2. _________________________________

3. _________________________________

4. _________________________________

5. _________________________________

6. _________________________________

7. _________________________________

8. _________________________________

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Name ___________________________________________ Date __________________________
Language Arts: Thanksgiving

Directions:
Alphabetize each word from the word box on the lines provided. Remember to proofread
for correct spelling!

Word Box

cornucopia peace friendship Samoset

gifts population Plymouth Harbor barley

1. _________________________________

2. _________________________________

3. _________________________________

4. _________________________________

5. _________________________________

6. _________________________________

7. _________________________________

8. _________________________________

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Name ___________________________________________ Date __________________________
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Directions:
Unscramble each word from the word box on the line provided.

Word Box

England plentiful Speedwell corn

Mayflower Pilgrims Native Americans harvest

1. _____________________________ rnoc

2. _____________________________ dnEgla

3. _____________________________ vtraehs

4. _____________________________ larMefywo

5. _____________________________ ivNtae mraisAenc

6. _____________________________ igmrsPli

7. _____________________________ iletpnflu

8. _____________________________ eledSwple

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Name ___________________________________________ Date __________________________
Language Arts: Thanksgiving

Directions:
Unscramble each word from the word box on the line provided.

Word Box

gathering Pilgrims thankfulness Separatists

America Samoset ocean England

1. ____________________________ mrcAeia

2. ____________________________ lEadgnn

3. ____________________________ tigahrgen

4. ____________________________ noace

5. ____________________________ lrPgimis

6. ____________________________ omSteas

7. ____________________________ rtspeSiseat

8. ____________________________ lhautnfksens

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Answers
Page 1 Page 7 Page 11
1. left for religious 1. leaked and returned to 1. translator,
freedom England; left behind communicator
2. acceptance, 2. Netherlands 2. baby born on the
endurance, allowance 3. Massasoit; signed ocean during the
3. Answers will vary. peace treaty that lasted Mayflower’s voyage
50 years 3. was leaking badly
Page 2 4. September 6, 1620 4. signed a peace treaty
Answers will vary. 5. Separatists that lasted 50 years
Pilgrims arrive at 5. named Plymouth
Plymouth Rock Page 8
12/11/1620; 1 st winter 1. Provincetown,
harsh; feast with 91 Massachusetts Page 12
Native Americans 2. Samoset 1. corn
3. interpreter between 2. England
Page 3 Native Americans and 3. harvest
1. declaration; Pilgrims 4. Mayflower
statement; 4. 1st two Pilgrim 5. Native Americans
announcement governors 6. Pilgrims
2. 1941 5. 1st baby born at sea 7. plentiful
3. last Thursday in while on the Mayflower 8. Speedwell
November
Page 9 Page 13
Page 4 1. wanted to break free 1. America
Answers will vary. from the church of 2. England
England 3. gathering
Page 5 2. 66 days 4. ocean
Answers will vary. 3. an association and 5. Pilgrims
agreement 6. Samoset
Page 6 4. English fisherman 7. Separatists
1. North and Central 5. Abenaki Sagamore 8. thankfulness
America
2. stabilize arrows and Page 10 Page 14
decorate/adorn 1. English investors 1. corn
ceremonial dress 2. paid for the trip to the 2. English
3. poult; tan and brown New World 3. North Atlantic
4. excellent hearing and 3. 1609 4. Plymouth
taste; poor sense of 4. Pilgrims left England 5. stuffing
smell; color vision; 270 5. Tisquantum 6. symbols
degree field of vision 7. turkey
5. male; mating call 8. voyage

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Page 15 Page 19 Page 23
1. bread 1. barley 1. crops
2. corn 2. colony 2. cured
3 gravy 3. Europeans 3. fish
4. mashed potatoes 4. Massasoit 4. fruits
5. peach 5. Plymouth 5. planting
6. squash 6. Provincetown 6. sap
7. stuffing 7. vessel 7. vegetables
8. turkey 8. wheat 8. voyage

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1. feast 1. barley 1. Abnaki Indian
2. feathers 2. beaver skins 2. celebrate
3. freedom 3. colonists 3. custom
4. gathering 4. crops 4. governor
5. interpreter 5. Holland 5. Pilgrims
6. Massasoit 6. Massachusetts 6. Plymouth
7. Netherlands 7. peas 7. salt
8. Thanksgiving 8. plantation 8. settlement

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1. Cape Cod 1. Dutch 1. barley
2. Captain Standish 2. freedom 2. celebration
3. frigid 3. Mayflower Compact 3. fruit
4. Indian Corn 4. New World 4. Indian corn
5. Mayflower 5. Pilgrims 5. peas
6. Mayflower Compact 6. prosecution 6. turkey
7. Pilgrims 7. Saints 7. vegetables
8. Plymouth 8. Strangers 8. wheat

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1. colonists 1. Cape Cod 1. England
2. explorers 2. England 2. Mayflower
3. Native Americans 3. harvest 3. Mayflower Compact
4. Pilgrims 4. Patuxets 4. New World
5. Samoset 5.Provincetown 5. North Atlantic
6. settlement 6. Samoset 6. Pilgrims
7. Tisquantum 7. settlement 7. voyage
8. turkey 8. Squanto 8. Wampanoag

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Page 27 Page 31
1. colonists 1. corn
2. cornucopia 2. England
3. cranberries 3. harvest
4. crops 4. Mayflower
5. gathering 5. Native Americans
6. maple trees 6. Pilgrims
7. mashed potatoes 7. plentiful
8. vessel 8. Speedwell

Page 28 Page 32
1. celebration 1. America
2. customs 2. England
3. feast 3. gathering
4. gathering 4. ocean
5. symbols 5. Pilgrims
6. thanks 6. Samoset
7. tradition 7. Separatists
8. turkey 8. thankfulness

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1. cornucopia
2. corn
3. friendship
4. gathering
5. harsh
6. harvest
7. plentiful
8. winter

Page 30
1. barley
2. cornucopia
3. friendship
4. gifts
5. peace
6. Plymouth Harbor
7. population
8. Samoset

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