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Thanksgiving (Grade 1)

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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.

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 Pilgrimage
  4. 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 Indians
  2. The French traders
  3. The Spanish Conquistadores
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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