to Create a Pilgrims-Thanksgiving Unit based on The
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1: From page 79 of The Checklist, Early American
Settlements, select the topics that relate to this unit and
are appropriate for your child. This will be the
basis for the unit. Keep it short so that it can be done in
two - six weeks. For example, I would choose:
Plymouth Colony Founded
2. Select resources on the Internet for teaching
the unit. There are so many free ones! Do
a google search for each of the names and terms above.
Here are a few that I found:
3. Select books for teaching the unit. The
hard part is selecting the right ones. Select them based
on the needs of your family - Christian based, the time
you have allowed for the unit, and reading levels of
your children. Use one for a family read aloud and assign
others to your children according to their abilities
and interests. Purchase or borrow from the library.
(NOTE: Purchase The
Checklist Assistant to help locate
books and other resources, if desired.) Here are some
that I discovered:
You Sailed on the Mayflower
by: Ann McGovern. Imagine being a Pilgrim on the Mayflower,
anxiously awaiting arrival in a new land. This book answers
a variety of questions about Pilgrim life--both on the
ship and on shore. ISBN 0590451618
American Adventure Series #1 by: Colleen Reece.
John and Sarah have lived in Holland all of their lives.
But not anymore. Their parents, along with many other
friends, have decided to move to America, the New World.
While they know that God will travel with them, there
are many things the Smythes and their friends don't know.
One of their ships will start to sink. Fierce Atlantic
storms will batter the Mayflower, threatening to tear
her apart. Many people will get sick, and some won't live
to see their new home. How will John and Sarah survive
the voyage? ISBN 1577480597
Home: A Story Based on the Life of Mayflower's Mary Chilton
by Wendy Lawton. Almost Home is the story of the Pilgrims'
journey to America, based on the life of Mary Chilton,
an actual passenger on the Mayflower! The Story shows
God's providence and provision on their journey. ISBN
by Cheryl Harness. When Bartholemew, Remember, and Mary
Allerton and their parents first step down from the Mayflower
after sixty days at sea, they never dream that life in
the New World will be so hard. Many in their Plymouth
colony won't make it through the winter, and the colony's
first harvest is possible only with the help of two friends,
Samoset and Squanto. Richly detailed paintings show how
the pilgrims lived after landing at Plymouth, through
the dark winter and into the busy days of spring, summer,
and fall. Culminating with the excitement of the original
Thanksgiving feast, Three Young Pilgrims makes history
come alive. ISBN 0689802080.
America: A Journey to the New World; The Diary of Remember
Patience Whipple, Mayflower, 1620
by Kathryn Lasky. A 12-year-old pilgrim girl makes the
exciting yet dangerous journey on the Mayflower, filling
her diary with thoughts about new friends, contact with
Native Americans at Plymouth Colony, and the sickness
that leaves her motherless. Historical fiction for ages
8 to 12. ISBN 059050214X.
on Plymouth Plantation
by Diane Stanley. Join the Time-Traveling Twins as they
sit down to an enormous THREE-DAY feast, complete with
puddings, pompions, pottages, and, of course, turkeys.
Meet Squanto and the other Native Americans. Help with
the harvest. Find out what it was really like to be
of Plymouth by James Otis. Discover the joys and
hardships the Pilgrims faced in the New World all as
seen through the observant eyes of a young girl. Little
Mary and the Pilgrims come to an America today's children
would not recognize. Desolate and cold, there are no
homes, no churches, no stores, no crops, no livestock.
How did the Pilgrims build homes in the bitter cold
of a New England winter? What did they eat? How did
they construct a fireplace with no bricks? What did
they use to make candles and eating utensils? What
about elections...church services...Indians...table
manners...cooking...new foods? ISBN 0060270691.
Name is America: The Journal of Jasper Pierce, A Pilgrim
by Ann Rinaldi. Caught in the tides of history, 14-year-old
indentured servant Jasper is adventure-bound when he sets
sail on board the Mayflower! Based on solid research,
this fictional first-person account reveals the day-to-day
hardships real people like Miles Standish, Priscilla Mullins,
John Alden, Edward Winslow, and Governor Bradford faced
as they struggled to survive in the New World. A compelling
read for ages 9 to 12.
Trailblazer Series #26 (William Bradford) by
Dave & Neta Jackson. Thirteen year old Elizabeth
Tilley, an orphan, and life in the new colony. Recommended
for ages 8 to 12.
Pilgrims at Plymouth
by Lucille Recht Penner. Life on the Mayflower was harsh.
When the Pilgrims reached America, things got even worse.
More than half the Pilgrims died the first winter. Luckily,
the Pilgrims made friends with the Indians who lived
nearby. Thanks to the Indians, the Pilgrims set up the
first successful American colony at Plymouth, Massachusetts.
Legend of Squanto - audiodrama on CD,
Learn how God miraculously equipped Squanto, a captive
of European slave traders, to change the course of
and the Miracle of Thanksgiving
by Eric Metaxas. Your 4- to 8-year-olds will be amazed
to discover that the real hero of the first Thanksgiving
was not English or Indian---but God. ISBN 0849958644.
Know Much About the Pilgrims
by Kenneth Davis. ISBN 0060286091.
LIfe in the Pilgrim Colony, 1636
by Paul Erickson. ISBN 0395988411.
4. Select hands-on activities, art projects, crafts,
recipes and games to make the unit fun for your kinesthetic
and visual learners. Do
one or two a day during the unit. Here are a few activity
books and several websites that will help:
Make & Learn Projects: Plymouth And The Mayflower
by Donald M. Silver, Patricia J. Wynne. Students will
make a Peek-Inside Mayflower to learn about the Pilgrim's
voyage to the new world. Each reproducible model comes
complete with background information, easy how-to's,
step-by-step lessons, journal-writing prompts, and extension
activies. Grades 1-3, ISBN 0439152771.
Days: Discover the Past with Fun Projects, Games, Activities,
Projects include making a sundial, measuring the height
of a tree, dying yarn, and dipping candles. Most activities
can be accomplished without adult help; those that require
assistance are clearly labeled. Native American crafts
include making a drum, drumstick, headband, bead necklace,
snow goggles, and snow snake and playing a stick-toss
game. ISBN 0471161683.
Games (computer) and more
activities from ABC Teach.
Voyage & Mayflower Replica Craft from Enchanted
Learning. Gr. 1-6
Clip Art from Kaboose (skip ad to get to site).
Crafts from Enchanged Learning. Gr. K-6.
Recipes from Homeschool Kids.
5: Integrate music into the unit for your auditory
6: Watch a video for family night. Always good for
your visual learners.
Check your library or rent.
7: Assign worksheets, composition projects, and give
quizzes to your Read/Write
learners. Do one or two a day. You
may have to develop them yourself or search the Internet
Quiz from Enchanted Learning: Gr. 1-6
in Plymouth Colony, History Pockets.
Cut, color and paste. Gr 1-3. ISBN 155799899X.
printables from Teacher Vision. Lots of stuff here!
a Venn Diagram illustrating the difference between
your life and that of the pilgrims.
Webquest by Linda Patton.
information on scheduling, see Sample
sure to enter these topics on your copy of The
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