The First Thanksgiving. In this lesson we are going to learn more about the Pilgrim Fathers.
Four hundred years ago, many of the people in England were very unhappy because King James would not let them pray to God as they liked. King James said that they must use the same prayers that he did; and if they did not, then they would be thrown into prison or made to move away from their family and friends.
"Let us go away from this country." Said the unhappy people. So they left their homes and sailed across the sea to a country called Holland. It was about this time they started to call themselves "Pilgrims". Pilgrims are people who travel to faraway places searching something that they love.
One of the Pilgrims called William Bradford was from a village close to us called Austerfield. When he was older he wrote a book about his life and the other Pilgrims called. "Of Plymouth Plantation."
In Holland, the Pilgrims were very happy for about 12 years, but they did not have much money and were very, very poor. The Pilgrims became worried about their children who were growing up and speaking Dutch. They just wanted to be like their Dutch friends and not speak English at all. The children even said, that they did not go to church anymore. "This will never do," said the Pilgrim Fathers and so they decided to move their families to America.
The Pilgrims hired a ship called The Speedwell to take them back to England and meet up with other Pilgrims ready for the trip to America. The Speedwell, though was not a strong ship and began letting in water. The Pilgrims decided to return to England and put everyone into The Mayflower. On the 6th September 1920 the Pilgrims were all squashed into the Mayflower and set sail towards America.
England America Holland It took 65 days for The Mayflower to sail across the Ocean. But at last the tired Pilgrims landed on a place now called "Plymouth Rock." Use the ships to follow the dots Key: Mayflower Speedwell
Here is a riddle for you to solve. There were 131 people on board and one died, when they arrived at America, there was still 131 people on board. How could this happen? A little boy was born. He was called "Oceanus," so that everyone would remember the ocean was his birthplace.
The Pilgrims started to build their very first house on Christmas Day 1620. It was very cold and lots of snow fell. Sadly half of the people from the Mayflower, got sick and died in that first winter.
Once the sun started shining, it warmed up the ground and the snow started to melt. The Pilgrims then planted crops and they began to grow. Everyone was happy.
Later in the year in autumn time, the Pilgrim Fathers worked hard to gather in all the barley, wheat and corn that they had planted. Everyone was tired but very happy. There was so much food, that they knew they would have enough to eat throughout the long cold winter.
"Let us thank God for all of this food," they said. The Pilgrims had a great Thanksgiving Party and invited all their friends together with the local people who had helped them during that first cold winter. They all rejoiced together.
This journey happened four hundred years ago and ever since that time, the Pilgrims and the Mayflower ship have been remembered in America in a special Thanksgiving holiday.
In 1620 life was very hard in England. Some people were badly treated because they didn’t agree with ____________ and his religion. King James England The Mayflower died New England Thanksgiving America King James Move a word to complete the sentence. Move the ship to find the correct word.
America They wanted a better life. So they decided to leave ____________ and travel to _____________. King James England The Mayflower died New England Thanksgiving America England Move the ship to find the correct words. Move the words to complete the sentence.
They travelled on a boat called __________. It was a stormy and crowded journey. When at last they got to America, the Pilgrim Fathers named the land _______________. King James England The Mayflower died New England Thanksgiving America The Mayflower New England Move the ship to find the correct words. Move the words to complete the sentence.
Sadly, more than half of the Pilgrims __________ in the first year in America. However the some of the pilgrims did survive and they were very grateful to God for protecting them. Each year, after their harvest they had a special meal. Americans still celebrate this today. It is called _______________. King James England The Mayflower died New England Thanksgiving America died Thanksgiving Move the words to complete the sentence. Move the ship to find the correct words.
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