1-2-3 Come Learn About Pilgrim Children With Me!
Happy TBT (Throw Back Thursday!) Here are a few "Oldies" but "Goodies" that I think you'll enjoy.
Having taught about the first Thanksgiving and Pilgrims for years, I thought I was pretty knowledgeable. My husband and I also visited the outstanding Plimoth Plantation, in Plymouth Massachusettes, which made me appreciate the hardships these people endured even more. If you've never been to this historical place, I highly recommend it!
I thought it would be fun to delve into the life of a child during 1620. I felt students would find it very interesting to compare themselves with a Pilgrim child's life.
After over 30 hours doing research, visiting countless websites and perusing 20+ books, I learned so many interesting facts, and truly enjoyed this journey of discovery. I hope you will too. Click on the link to view/download the Pilgrim Children Packet.
Start with the KWL to see where your kiddo's are at. I've included one in color to do as a whole group, and another in black line for students to fill in on their own.
Afterwards, introduce your study, by reading several non-fiction as well as fictional books. I've included a bibliography of 25 of my all-time favorite Pilgrim books. Later, ask your students if they think that the Pilgrim children who lived during that time period, were really different than the children of today.
I feel there is no better way to launch children into comparison and contrast, that's easy and understandable, than to use Venn diagrams. I've included 12 different Venn diagrams in the packet, so that children can compare & contrast clothing, chores, homes, and education, as well as games and toys.
Students can work independently, with a partner, or you can do the Venn diagrams as a whole group activity.
Personally, I'd start as a whole group and use the partially filled-in Venn diagrams, so that students can learn more interesting facts about the Pilgrim children.
Each Venn diagram has a blank template, as well as a partially filled in one. The circle for present day children can be filled in via a discussion. Choose a different Venn diagram each day, so interest remains high and the amount of content is not overwhelming.
After you have completed all of the Venn diagrams as a whole group, have children pick a partner, and choose a blank Venn diagram to fill in together. This not only reinforces facts, but becomes a tool for you to assess comprehension as well.
Now that students have quite a bit of knowledge about Pilgrim children compared to the children of today, have a discussion where students process this information and come to some conclusions. There's a writing extension for this.
I've also included 4 graphic organizers for even more writing practice + several interesting writing prompts that I think your students will enjoy.
I made a list of the 31 children who were aboard the Mayflower and included their ages. Your kiddo's will find some of the names rather odd, like Truelove, Humility, and Wrestling.
Have students choose a Pilgrim child and write a letter to them. Based on their new knowledge, they could also write a letter back written from the Pilgrim child's point of view!
Besided writing, I wanted to toss in a bit of math. Finding interesting measurement activities is not always easy, but the Mayflower as well as the Pilgrims' homes, provide great segways. I've given the dimensions and converted square feet for you, so that you can chalk off the hold of the ship, where the Pilgrims were crammed for 65 long days, as well as the measurements of the Pilgrims' 1-room homes.
When your students stand inside the chalk lines they will truly understand size and the cramped conditions these children experienced!
Finally, I know your kiddo's will enjoy learning about the games Pilgrim children played, as well as what toys they had. You can start out by asking students if they think that the games they played were different than what some children of today play.
They may be surprised to find out, that some of the games that the Pilgrims played are still around today, and that many common games, were derived from days of old.
All of these activities can be found in the Pilgrim Children Packet click on the link to view/download it. Now that your students are familiar with the life of a Pilgrim child, scroll down to the next article, and have your kiddos write letters to their classmates, as if they were really a youngster living during this tiime period.
Thanks for visiting. Now that some of my computer work is done for the day, it's time to make a big pot of vegetable beef barley soup. The frost is indeed on the pumpkins, so it's the perfect day for a nice hot bowl of mmm mmm good!
"Be thankful for what you have and you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough." -Ophra Winfrey