This would be a social studies lesson. This video is a lesson on pilgrims. It is a video that talks about pilgrims but also makes it easy for the students to understand. I would show this video then have an activity afterwards.
Capt Richard More - Mayflower Pilgrim. He came over on the Mayflower at the age of 9 (or 11) as an indentured servant, rose through the ranks and became a sea-captain who lived in Salem. Died at age 84.
Blog post outlines 5 fun & fabulous Thanksgiving-themed STEM challenges that can be modified for use with grades 2-8. Follow the journey of the Pilgrims as they sail to America (Mini Mayflower), create shelter (Protect-a-Pilgrim), gather food (Pumpkin Picker), cultivate the land (Corn Cultivator), and make time for fun (Turkey Transporter).