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Thanksgiving (Grade 1)

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Thanksgiving

Instructions: Thanksgiving was an annual tradition in the New England colonies during the 17th century. President George Washington tabbed November 26 a Tuesday as a thanksgiving holiday to honor the Constitution. It wasn't until 1863 that the holiday was celebrated on the last Thursday of November and it was named a national holiday.

In the late 1930s, President Franklin Roosevelt declared that the next to last Thursday in November would be celebrated as the Thanksgiving holiday. Many Americans protested and he returned it to its previous date by signing a bill proclaiming the last Thursday in November the national Thanksgiving holiday.

Answer the questions that follow about the historical origins of Thanksgiving.

1. 
Which president made Thanksgiving a national holiday?
  1. Millard Fillmore
  2. Abraham Lincoln
  3. George Bush
2. 
Why did the Pilgrims leave England?
  1. They wanted bigger houses.
  2. They wanted religious freedom.
  3. They wanted to meet indians.
3. 
What was the name of the ship that the Pilgrims used to sail to North America?
  1. the Flower Pot
  2. the Mayflower
  3. the Pilgrimage
4. 
When the Pilgrims got to America they had to live on the boat while houses were built.
  1. True
  2. False
5. 
Where did the Pilgrims go before they went to America?
  1. Kentucky
  2. Spain
  3. Holland
6. 
In what year did the Pilgrims come to America?
  1. 1720
  2. 1640
  3. 1620
7. 
                       is located in southeastern Massachusetts and was founded by the Pilgrims upon their arrival in America.
8. 
What was the Mayflower Compact?



9. 
Who did the Pilgrims invite to their feast?
  1. The Wampanoag Indians
  2. The French traders
  3. The Spanish Conquistadores
10. 
Squanto was significant in the lives of the Pilgrims because
  1. he led them to the New World.
  2. he taught them how to survive.
  3. he acted as a spy against his tribe.
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