A pilgrim is a traveler who is on a journey to a holy place. Typically, this is a physical journey to a place of significance to their religious beliefs. See the fact file below for more information about pilgrims.
- The Pilgrims came to America to avoid the religious rules imposed by England. The Pilgrims were Calvinist Protestants. They followed the teachings of John Calvin on how to worship God.
- The pilgrims had asked the King to allow them to form their own church. The King denied the pilgrim’s request.
- The Pilgrims decided to move to Holland where religious freedom was practiced, and where they would be allowed to worship God as they saw fit.
- They lived in Holland until 1620, when they became dissatisfied with their situation and the effects that living in Holland was having on their children. In 1620, the Pilgrims moved back to England and prepared to leave for the New World.
- The Pilgrims sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to reach North America. They sailed on a ship named the Mayflower.
- On December 11, 1620, the first Pilgrims (or Puritans, as they were first known) landed at Plymouth Rock.
- The Wampanoag Indians were the people who taught the Pilgrims how to get the land ready for planting.
- By the fall of 1621, only half of the pilgrims, who had sailed on the Mayflower, survived. The survivors, thankful to be alive, decided to prepare a thanksgiving feast.
- The Pilgrim leader, Governor William Bradford, had organized the first Thanksgiving feast in the year 1621, in Massachusetts. The first Thanksgiving feast was held in the presence of around ninety Wampanoag Indians and the Wampanoag chief, Massasoit, was also invited.
- The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days. The drink that the Puritans brought with them on the Mayflower was beer.
This bundle includes 10 ready-to-use Pilgrim worksheets that are perfect for students to learn about the Pilgrims who came to America to avoid religious rules imposed by England.
This download includes the following worksheets:
Modified True or False
Students will complete the statements about the Pilgrims by writing TRUE or changing the word to make it correct.
Pilgrims Word Search
This is a simple but fun word search that students will work through to find and circle all of the prehistoric words in the grid.
Trace their journey
This activity is about tracing the journey of the Pilgrims and understanding the hardship they endured throughout.
Using the given situations, the student will create a storyboard and illustrate the described events in the boxes provided.
Cause & Effect
In this worksheet, the students are to answer a number of questions and identify the cause & effect of a specific scenario.
Analysis of a primary source and the answering of a number of challenging questions.
Students will analyse the Pilgrims painting and answer a series of questions.
William Bradford’s diary entry
This worksheet requires the student to do study the diary entry from William Bradford and reflect by answering a number of questions.
If I was a Pilgrim
Role play task where students must act as if they are a Pilgrim. Creative writing task.
In this writing prompt, students will write about a modern day Pilgrimage. They will be required to do further research to complete this task.
Use With Any Curriculum
These worksheets have been specifically designed for use with any international curriculum. You can use these worksheets as-is, or edit them using Google Slides to make them more specific to your own student ability levels and curriculum standards.