Pilgrim and Wampanoag Daily Life

A lesson looks at the Pilgrims and Wampanoag tribe during the first Thanksgiving. Scholars compare and contrast information presented by an online activity then discuss their findings. Learners examine the two group's daily routines and complete a Venn diagram in preparation for writing a day-in-the-life-of as a pilgrim. Participants compose thank you notes to the Wampanoag tribe.  

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Gather additional accounts of the Native American experience with the pilgrims
  • Invite pupils to jot down their family's daily routine on the Thanksgiving holiday
  • Display finished products on a Thanksgiving-themed focus wall
Classroom Considerations
  • The lesson is the second of three that examines the first Thanksgiving
  • Plan for enough devices with internet access
  • Browse the materials list to gather necessary and optional items, including the book If You Were at the First Thanksgiving by Anne Kamma
  • Set up is flexible
  • Comes with extension activities
  • The plan is organized and easy to follow
  • The lesson's point of view is mostly one-sided