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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 research information about the Mayflower, Pilgrims, the Plymouth Colony, the Wampanoags, and the first Thanksgiving. They take an online tour of the Mayflower, interpret timelines, create a postcard, and compare and contrast the life of the Pilgrims and the Wampanoags Indian tribe.
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.
Students use distance measuring tools to follow directions and chart the path the pilgrims made from Plymouth, England to Boston, Massachusetts. In this Pilgrim voyage instructional activity, students use a map to chart the distance traveled by the Pilgrims in 1621. Students write their answers to the three questions and discuss pilgrim journeys for their ancestors.
Students investigate The First Thanksgiving. In this Thanksgiving lesson plan, students explore the experiences, actions, and decisions of the settlement of the Plymouth colony. Students research information, use timelines, and KWL charts to understand the reason for the journey to the New World.
Students complete a graphic organizer comparing differing views. In this compare and contrast lesson, students work in groups and read about the differing views of the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians. Students use a graphic organizer to compare the two groups and hold a class discussion about what they learned.
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 explore the first Thanksgiving. For this holiday lesson, students create a KWL chart on what they know about the first Thanksgiving and conduct Internet research on this topic. Students use a Venn diagram to compare and contrast the lifestyles of the Pilgrims to the Wampanoags.
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.
Young scholars compare foods available for the Pilgrim's Thanksgiving with contemporary Thanksgiving foods. After reading information about the first Thanksgiving, pupils create a menu and compute the cost of a turkey dinner, using grocery ads. They write an essay entitled "How to Cook a Turkey." In addition to the language arts portion, class members complete several related math activities.
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.
A fabulous collection of seven lessons on the New England Colonies is here for you. In these lessons, pupils participate in a variety of activities which will broaden their knowledge of the colonies. They study the geography, culture, and the religious beliefs of the Puritans and Pilgrims. Learners work in collaborative groups and create a timeline of important events during this important period in early American history.