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Primary sources, articles, and a Socratic seminar help debaters discuss the first Thanksgiving: was it at Plymouth Colony or the Berkeley Plantation? To start, pupils read primary sources from the era. A teacher guided discussion ensues. The list of questions is not attached; however, article URL addresses are provided. Note: Scholars should read the articles before participating in the discussion.
Students complete internet research on the first Thanksgiving, the Mayflower, Pilgrims, Plymouth Colony and the Wampanoags. Using specified websites, they visit the ship of the Mayflower, and experience Mayflower interviews. Students write a diary as if they were a Pilgrim on the Mayflower. They research settlers' motivations and preparations for sailing to the New World. Additional hands-on activities are listed.
Why is Thanksgiving an important holiday to the Americans? Send your class on a mission to explore Plymouth colony and discover how the first Thanksgiving came to be. Who were the Wampanoags? How did they help the pilgrims? After discussing the lives of each, complete a Venn diagram to recognize the differences in each group's daily life. Possible extensions are included. You will need access to a computer lab or a class set of computers for this online lesson plan.
It's not often that you come across lessons designed for kindergartners about Christopher Columbus and the pilgrims. Here's just such a series of lessons. By listening to stories, making illustrations, dramatizing plays, and reciting poetry, young learners are introduced to two of the most important explorations in world history. This 29-page plan is absolutely packed with great educational activities, worksheets, plans of action, rubrics, and assessments to help you keep your learners on track. Fabulous!
Students explore immigrants and immigration to the United States. They define and explain their definition of the term pilgrim. Students evaluate the goals of their ancestors as they arrived in America. Students research and design a doll representative of their heritage.
With graphic organizers galore, learners will follow the changes of church and state in early colonial America. They look at the differences between the pilgrims and the puritans in terms of beliefs and life ways. Myths and misconceptions are also laid to rest. Could be a handy resource when discussion colonial life.
Kindergartners explore the meaning of why we celebrate Thanksgiving. They identify the people and event honored by Thanksgiving and describe life in the past and present. Learners view streaming video clips embedded in the plan, and should gain a greater understanding of how Thanksgiving came to be one of our most beloved National Holidays.
Students write a timeline showing significant events in the Plymouth Colony that occurred between 1621 and 1628. They define and illustrate key vocabulary words which are imbedded in this lesson plan. This simple activity is designed to have students work in pairs to complete the timeline and determine the meaning of the vocabulary words.