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Betty Alden and the Puritans
Printable Workbook for Lower Elementary Social Studies - Scroll Down to Print (PDF) - Social Studies
 
 

Betty Alden was born Elisabeth Alden (she was also known as Elisabeth Alden Pabodie or Elisabeth Alden Peabody). Betty Alden was reportedly the first woman of European descent to be born in New England, at Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts. Betty was born in 1623. She died on May 31, 1717, in Little Compton, Rhode Island. Betty Alden was the daughter of John Alden and Priscilla Mullins, passengers on the Mayflower (1620).

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was a descendant of Betty, and he made Betty's parents famous in The Courtship of Miles Standish.

The American writer Jane G. Austin published a well-received biography of Betty in 1891, Betty Alden: The First-born Daughter of the Pilgrims.

 
 
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Here is the eighth workbook from America's Story for America's Children. This informational text is designed for students in grades one through three, depending upon individual reading level. Click here to print or download.

This workbook is ten pages in length, and includes work in history/social studies, spelling, handwriting, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. The answer key is below.

What a convenient, fun way to learn American history while working on these skills and learning how to refer to the text when answering multiple-choice questions! It's test prep without the headache (and without kids realizing that they're doing test prep). Plus, there are lots of illustrations that they can color when they're finished!
 
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By and by, more colonists came over to Virginia. These colonists had better success. Soon, there was a pretty little village with many fine farms round about it. Then other English people, called Puritans, thought that they would like to found a colony in America. So one day another ship, the Mayflower, started out from England. For days and days it sailed, and by and by, a storm drove it in upon the coast of Massachusetts. It was mid-winter, and ice and snow were piled up high along the coast. The picture above shows what the shore looked like at that time. Today, it is covered with houses, churches, and big buildings.

1. What was the name of the Puritans’ ship? a. Lusitania b. Mayflower c. Nina d. Titanic
 
 
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Answer Key: 1. B - Mayflower; 2. B - logs; 3. A - True; 4. On map; 5. A - Atlantic; 6. Answers will vary; 7. Answers will vary; 8. Answers will vary based on the current year; 9. Answers will vary.
 
 
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.1: Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.