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The Indians and Thanksgiving

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The Indians and Thanksgiving
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.21

     challenging words:    venison, treaty, manure, piled, beginning, lobster, tribe, packed, logs, dying, rows, blown, ship, death, peace, lived
     content words:    Native American

Other Languages
     French: Comment Les Amérindiens ont sauvé Thanksgiving
     Spanish: Como la gente indígena salvaron al día de acción de gracias
     Italian: Come gli Indiani salvarono il Ringraziamento
     German: Wie die Indianer Thanksgiving retteten

The Indians and Thanksgiving
By Mary Lynn Bushong

1     The Pilgrims wanted to come to America. It would cost a lot of money. It would also be very hard for them to come here because there were no colonies where they wanted to go. They did not mind because they wanted to be free. Many of them wanted to be free to go to their own church. Some wanted a better life. They thought they would have a better life in America.
2     They sailed to America on a ship. The name of the ship was the Mayflower. On it they packed everything they might need that would fit.
3     They were late getting started. It took weeks for them to cross the ocean, then they were blown off course. When they got to America, winter was already starting. It was a hard time to try to build new homes.
4     They built small homes from logs. It was hard work, and they did not have enough food. They were always cold and hungry. Then they got sick. Soon people started dying. Before spring came, half of the people were dead.

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