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Thanksgiving History (Grade 3)

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Thanksgiving History

Instructions: Feasts of thanksgiving were first celebrated in the New World by the Spanish conquerors. By the 1600s, English colonists celebrated their thankfulness to God with thanksgiving feasts throughout New England.

The first time all the English colonies celebrated Thanksgiving at the same time was during the Revolutionary War. General George Washington ordered Thursday, December 18, 1777, to be a day of prayer and thanksgiving. As president, Washington later named November 26, 1789, a day of thanksgiving for victory in the war. It wasn't until many years later that President Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November to be an annual "Thanksgiving" holiday in the United States.

Answer the questions below about the historical origins of Thanksgiving.

Which president made Thanksgiving a national holiday?
  1. Millard Fillmore
  2. Abraham Lincoln
  3. George Bush
Why did the Pilgrims leave England?
  1. They wanted bigger houses.
  2. They wanted religious freedom.
  3. They wanted to meet Native Americans.
On which ship did the Pilgrims sail to North America?
  1. the Speedwell
  2. the Mayflower
  3. the Santa Maria
When the Pilgrims got to America they had to live on the boat while houses were built.
  1. True
  2. False
Where did the Pilgrims go before they went to America?
  1. Kentucky
  2. Spain
  3. Holland
In what year did the Pilgrims come to America?
  1. 1720
  2. 1640
  3. 1620
                       is located in southeastern Massachusetts and was founded by the Pilgrims upon their arrival in America.
What was the Mayflower Compact?

Who did the Pilgrims invite to their feast?
  1. the Wampanoag people
  2. French traders
  3. Spanish conquistadors
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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