Thanksgiving Reading Comprehension

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The First Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving was first celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621.

The Pilgrims sailed from England to North America to find religious freedom. Their ship, the Mayflower, landed at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts in late fall, 1620, just as winter was beginning.

The winter was very hard for the Pilgrims. They didn't have enough to eat and many of them were very sick. By the time the winter of 1621 was over, almost half of the Pilgrims had died.

In the spring, the Wampanoag Indians helped the Pilgrims get the land ready for planting. They taught them how to grow wheat, barley, corn, and some vegetables.

After the summer growing season, in the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims celebrated their first harvest by having a 3-day feast. They invited their Native American friends to join them. Without the help of the Wampanoag, the Pilgrims would not have made it through the year.

Thanksgiving did not become a national holiday until 1863. That year, President Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November as a day to remember the first Thanksgiving. But it wasn't until 1941 that Congress made Thanksgiving Day, the 4th Thursday in November, an official national holiday.

When was the first Thanksgiving?
1620
1621
1861
1621 What was the name of the Pilgrims' ship?
Mayflower
Plymouth
Wampanoag
Mayflower Where is Plymouth Rock?
England
New York
Massachusetts
Massachusetts When did the Pilgrims land in America?
1620
1621
1861
1620 When did Thanksgiving Day become an official national holiday?
1621
1860
1941
1941 What time of year was it when the Pilgrims arrived in America?
late fall
spring
late winter
late fall Why did half the Pilgrims die their first winter in America?
They didn't have food to eat.
They were killed by English soldiers.
They drowned.
They didn't have food to eat. Which president was the first to make Thanksgiving a national holiday?
Abraham Lincoln
George Washington
Woodrow Wilson
Abraham Lincoln How did the Pilgrims solve their food problem?
The Wampanoag Indians taught them how to grow food.
Farmers from the south gave them food.
Ships from England brought food to them.
The Wampanoag Indians taught them how to grow food.

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