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Students locate Plymouth, MA, Hudson River, Cape Cod, Holland and England on a map. They identify the reasons the Pilgrims came to the New World and explain how the investors and the colonists would each benefit from a new colony. After everyone has filled in their Study Guide Sheet and maps, students add facts to the Class Chart on Pilgrims.
Second graders compare and contrast the lives of Pilgrims and Wampanoag. Students conduct research using an interactive website and collect information about each group. Students then decide which they would rather be, a Pilgrim or a Wampanoag and write three reasons to defend their decision.
Finally! Here are some new and fresh ideas, across the curicullum, that can be used around the Thanksgiving holiday. The lesson is divided up into two sections: Beyond Turkey - Activities for Younger Students and, Beyond Turkey - Activities for Older Students. These are all terrific ideas, and could lead to an entire week where the theme is nothing but Thanksgiving! Highly recommended!
Students complete a unit about Thanksgiving that is centered around the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians. They read and discuss books, create a mural, complete a worksheet about five blessings in their life, prepare recipes from the first Thanksgiving, and construct and play a Native American game.
Young historians develop an understanding of historical events from different perspectives while practicing reading comprehension and creative writing. They access the Internet to explore information on the Mayflower, Pilgrims, and the first Thanksgiving. How does the event's description change depending on whose perspective it comes from?
A thorough exploration of the Puritan Migration and settlement of Plymouth, this presentation is sure to engage your young historians with its clear maps and historical documents. The presentation differentiates the philosophies of Puritanism, Separatism, and how they came together over the planks of the Mayflower. Additionally, the presentation addresses the dynamics between the Pilgrims and the local Native American tribes, including a discussion on the First Thanksgiving.
Fourth graders investigate the hardships Pilgrims faced on the Mayflower and Speedwell. For this Pilgrim lesson, 4th graders listen to an account of the Pilgrim's voyage from Plymouth, England to present day Massachusetts. Students sit in a small taped off area of the classroom to experience the cramped quarters of the Mayflower. Students sing "The Speedwell and Mayflower song."
Young scholars discover how the Native American community helped the Pilgrims. In this philanthropy lesson plan, students explore New England Settlements and discuss the conditions settlers faced. Young scholars read and discuss materials about Squanto, Massasoit and the Wampanoag Indians and review Squanto's philanthropic actions toward the Pilgrims. Finally, students create an acrostic poem with Squanto's name and are given a contemporary scenario where they must come up wit
Third graders discuss the book on the pilgrims. They write a poem of the hardships of the boat or on the land. Students write journal entries as a pilgrim on boat or on the land. They complete a collage of the foods that the pilgrims ate (can either be drawn or cut out).
Take a virtual field trip to the Plymouth plantation. Using the site linked in the activity, discover how people lived during the 17th century in this part of the country. Discuss the role of the pilgrims and native Americans in the formation of the new world. End the activity by having learners draw a picture of their house in the 17th century and what they would be wearing in the time period had they lived during it.
Students analyze the historical significance of the Mayflower Compact in the establishment of Plymouth colony. Working in groups, students identify the reasons why a colony at Plymouth had to be established. Groups work to create specific laws to carry out the purpose for the colony.
Students focus on the types of clothing that the Pilgrims and the Wampanoags wore for the First Thanksgiving. They study how the clothing was made before making samples to wear at a classroom Thanksgiving feast. They study the natural resources that were used to make the clothing.