Voyage on the Mayflower

After completing an online activity about the Mayflower, scholars draw a picture about what they know of the Thanksgiving holiday, including a one-sentence summary. A reading of If You Were at the First Thanksgiving by Anne Kamma is the subject of a class discussion. Learners pretend they're on the Mayflower and create a postcard depicting their experience and taking note of the time it takes to complete their journey.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Add a story and activity that recounts the Native Americans' experience 
  • Visit the library to obtain additional books about Thanksgiving, allow class members to browse them when time permits
  • Conduct the lesson before going on holiday break
Classroom Considerations
  • Each participant requires a device equipped with internet access
  • Check out the lesson's materials list as some items are optional
  • The first of three lessons that take a look at the history of Thanksgiving
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • Includes two extension ideas 
  • Activities can be completed individually, in small groups, or by the whole class
Cons
  • The lesson only looks at the pilgrims' point of view