Pilgrim Worksheets

Who Were the Pilgrims?

The pilgrims were a large group of people from England that fled their country to come to the U.S. to avoid religious rules imposed by England. They were Calvinist Protestants and followed the teaching of John Calvin on how to properly worship God. The pilgrims asked the King to let them form their own church, but the King denied the pilgrim's request. This sparked their movement, but not all Pilgrims were driven by religion. Some where drove out by religion, others were not feeling what the King was putting down. Another third of the passengers were just hired help set in motion to help the skip transverse the Ocean. The Pilgrim leader William Bradford had organized the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621 in Massachusetts. It lasted three days. He lasted at the colony for over thirty years and was often referred to as the Governor of Plymouth.

Thanksgiving Menu

List foods from the first Thanksgiving and foods from your traditional Thanksgiving feasts.

Squanto's Corn Method

Draw a picture depicting the steps Squanto used to teach the Pilgrims how to grow corn.

Notable Pilgrams

Match each Pilgrim with his accomplishments.

Pilgrim Children

Describe the Pilgrim children's lives in each of the following areas.

The Pilgrims' Voyage

Write a short essay explaining the reasons why the Pilgrims sailed to America and what their voyage was like.

Plymouth Colony

Write a short essay about the daily life in the Plymouth Colony. Include information about their houses, families, army, and religion.


Imagine that you've been asked to write a newspaper article about Squanto. Use this sheet to help you organize your information about him.

The First Years

Fill in the timeline explaining what happened to the Pilgrims during their first years.

The Mayflower Voyage

Add details to the word web about the Mayflower Voyage.

The Wampanoag

Write at least ten facts about the Wampanoag.