A Colonial Tour from TeachersFirst: Plymouth

Many Americans consider the landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth as the start of European settlement in North America. While the pilgrims weren't the first, their history and the reasons for their voyage would form the model for many streams of settlers and immigrants during the colonial period.

The area surrounding Plymouth, the rest of Cape Cod, and all of eastern Massachusetts are rich with colonial history. If you're touring these sites in person, the distances are relatively short, so you can see a number of places in a few days. If you're taking this tour on the web, just click on the links below.


 

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Plimoth Plantation - Plimoth Plantation

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Plimoth Plantation (that's the original spelling) is a reconstruction of the Pilgrim settlement at Plymouth. Take a field trip to the Plimoth Plantation just in time for Thanksgiving....more
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Plimoth Plantation (that's the original spelling) is a reconstruction of the Pilgrim settlement at Plymouth. Take a field trip to the Plimoth Plantation just in time for Thanksgiving. Take a virtual field trip to an English village and Wampanoag home site from 1627. Go inside a Wetu, or home, and look. Become a historian and uncover what really happened on the first Thanksgiving. Primary sources give accounts from the Wampanoag traditions to the English home of Pilgrim Mary Allerton. Each student will finish with a printed exhibition panel. Dig into your ancestry to find out if you are a pilgrim. Find actual genealogical profiles. Explore the museum collections of artifacts. Find these resources under the Learn tab at the top menu; slide down to Just for Teachers, and scroll down the page until your find Resources for Educators.
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Change the commercial traditions of tradition and bring on a study of history. Fascinating worlds of primary resources are at your computer! Virtual field trips, historical sleuthing, genealogy, and so much more. Challenge your students to take a closer look and decide for themselves. Debate information lines the pages of this website. Have students keep a virtual journal about what they are learning (that is new to them) from Plimoth Plantation. Use an easy virtual journaling tool such as Penzu, reviewed here. With Penzu you can add images or your own artwork as illustrations. Study history not false information. Share this and other sections of the TeachersFirst Colonial America tour as part of your study of the colonies so students can see what these historic locations look like today.
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How the Pilgrims Lived - Amy Ridenhour

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How the Pilgrims Lived, a journal written by Governor Edward Winslow in 1621. ...more
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How the Pilgrims Lived, a journal written by Governor Edward Winslow in 1621.

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Mayflower Compact - Amy Ridenhour

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The Mayflower Compact was the agreement that the Pilgrims wrote by which they agreed to govern themselves. ...more
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The Mayflower Compact was the agreement that the Pilgrims wrote by which they agreed to govern themselves.

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Cape Cod National Seashore - NPS.gov

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Cape Cod National Seashore offers a number of attractions both historical and scenic. Their home page will take you on a cyber-visit to many of these attractions. ...more
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Cape Cod National Seashore offers a number of attractions both historical and scenic. Their home page will take you on a cyber-visit to many of these attractions.

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Virtual Tour Plantation - Plimoth.org

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There are actually two virtual tours on this site! The first video is Pilgrim Village: View the simple life of the Pilgrims in this 18-minute video for all grades. The ...more
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There are actually two virtual tours on this site! The first video is Pilgrim Village: View the simple life of the Pilgrims in this 18-minute video for all grades. The second video is the Wampanoag Homesite: Witness the life of the indigenous people who were part of the Wampanoag Nation in this 17-minute video for all grades. There are several other resources on this page such as the history of Thanksgiving, an interactive about Thanksgiving, and a link to Scholastic's Thanksgiving page.

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A Lesson on the Pilgrims - Cape Cod National Seashore

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A Lesson on the Pilgrims - ready to print - is also available from the National Seashore Park. To use this, you'll need the Adobe Acrobat reader. Get it from ...more
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A Lesson on the Pilgrims - ready to print - is also available from the National Seashore Park. To use this, you'll need the Adobe Acrobat reader. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

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The History of the Pilgrims - Cape Cod National Seashore

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The History of the Pilgrims is part of the information available at the Cape Cod National Seashore Park. This page presents a detailed explanation of Pilgrim beliefs and how this ...more
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The History of the Pilgrims is part of the information available at the Cape Cod National Seashore Park. This page presents a detailed explanation of Pilgrim beliefs and how this group of religious dissidents ended up founding a settlement in the New World.

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