First Thanksgiving: History, Facts & Foods


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The Thanksgiving in 1621 was the first Thanksgiving celebration in history.

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1. The Pilgrims befriended which Patuxet indian that helped them learn to survive the new world?

2. Both stories about the origins of Thanksgiving are peaceful.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Like other events in the distant past, the history of the first Thanksgiving has been a subject of interpretation and speculation. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you understand different accounts of the first Thanksgiving and some historical facts that surrounded that event.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • The tradition of Thanksgiving feasts
  • Native Americans who played a role in the first Thanksgiving
  • The debate over the factors that led to the first Thanksgiving
  • Early American agriculture
  • Types of food available to pilgrims at Plymouth

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Knowledge application- use your knowledge of the history of Thanksgiving to answer questions about the facts and debates surrounding the event
  • Making connections- use your understanding of the history of Thanksgiving to describe how myth and interpretation have contributed to the national tradition of Thanksgiving
  • Critical thinking - use your knowledge of the first Thanksgiving to examine the common understanding of this event in a new light

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson on the history of the first Thanksgiving. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand that history can be debated and interpreted
  • Know the key figures involved in the first Thanksgiving
  • Understand the origins of harvest feasts
  • Understand different aspects of Native American and pilgrim culture
  • Differentiate between the myth and reality of the first Thanksgiving