Native Americans: Wampanoag
These sites are about the Wampanoag Indians and Squanto. Squanto helped the Pilgrims and may have been present at the first Thanksgiving. There are maps, lesson plans, and a play. Included is an eThemes resource on Thanksgiving.
This Native American was the first to have contact with the Pilgrims. Read about this first meeting between Samoset and the colonists.
The Legend of Squanto
Students can read this excerpt from a Focus on the Family radio production. NOTE: The site has a link to a guestbook.
Squantum (Squanto) and Cupids
Learn about this Native American who helped the Pilgrims. There are blue links on the left for more information about Squanto during specific events.
Who are the Wampanoag
This page provides quick information about Wampanoag. Learn about a meaning of its name, what they ate, how they dresses, and where they are now.
Maps of New England Tribal Lands and Communities
This map shows where different Native American tribes were located in the New England area in 1620.
The Wampanoag/Pilgrim Treaty
Read about the peace agreement between the Pilgrims and the Native Americans.
Social Studies for Kids: Squanto
Read about Squanto, the Native American who helped the Pilgrims. NOTE: This site includes pop-up, banner, and other types of ads.
The First Thanksgiving: You are the Historian
Students will take a role of historian to investigate the history of the First Thanksgiving and the Wampanoag people and the English colonists from an interactive online learning unit. Students will develop historian skills including separating fact from myth, identifying and analyzing primary sources, considering multiple points of view, and making educated guesses.
Read this article to find more about the Wampanoag tribe of Rhode Island, whose 1675-1676 leader Metacomet, organized an intertribal coalition and a war.
Students in grades five and six can read this excerpt from "Squanto" by Phyllis Naegeli. The complete story is available to members.
Diplomacy in New England: the First Thanksgiving
This two-page PDF file about the Wampanoag includes a map, study questions, and a recipe for Johnny Cakes.
Scholastic: Life as a Wampanoag
Learn about life as a Wampanoag during 1621. Follow a link on the left to read an interview transcript.
Lesson Plan: Myth and Truth
Did the Wampanoag bring popcorn to the Thanksgiving feast? Find out by using this lesson. This lesson plan is suitable for grades six through eight.
Students can read this detailed history of the Wampanoag. This text may be too advanced for younger students, but there is good background information for teachers. Note: This site includes ads.
eThemes Resource: Holiday: Thanksgiving
These sites are about the first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims and Native Americans. There are math word problems with a Thanksgiving theme, story prompts, art projects, and other activities. Includes links to eThemes resources on turkeys, the fall harvest, Pilgrims of Plymouth, the Wampanoag tribe, and the Mayflower voyage.
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