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.
Happy Teaching and Learning!