Thursday, November 18, 2010

Everything Pilgrim

Our classroom has really learned so much about Pilgrims.  We began the week by reading letters from Pilgrims. The letters were very informative.  The kids could not get over the use of chamber pots!  After much discussion, we created a chart of some facts that we learned. 



Taking a close-up look of the Mayflower provided even more ideas.   Finally, the kids were ready to make their own fact book.  I was inspired by this blog and had the kids make their own Mayflower Fact book. 

We used beads to help us retell the story of the Pilgrims, their voyage and the first Thanksgiving.  I found this great idea from here.  


We will culminate our learning by making Pilgrim hats and bonnets. Instead of a feast, we will enjoy the foods the Pilgrims had on their voyage; jerky to represent  the dried meats Pilgrims ate, saltine crackers instead of soda crackers, and cider.  I hope this will show the kids that the Pilgrims had much to be thankful for; just as they do now.  

In addition to the references listed above, these books also came in handy.   
Sarah Morton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl

Samuel Eaton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Boy

Teaching About Thanksgiving With Favorite Picture Books

Happy Teaching and Learning!

5 comments:

  1. I love your Pilgrim/Thanksgiving unit. Where did you get your Mayflower poster? I know it's too late for this year, but I can always use it next year.

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  2. It is a poster that was included in my Thanksgiving teacher resource book from Scholastic.

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  3. Cool facts chart! The bead activity is neat too. Thanks for sharing and linking up :)

    Janaye

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  4. I just found this on Pinterest and I love it! I'm going to make my Mayflower tomorrow!!
    Thank you so much for sharing. It is fabulous!!

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  5. Is there a link to the bead bracelet print out?

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