Pilgrim and Wampanoag Daily Life for Grades 6–8

Two slide shows, viewed side-by-side, permit middle schoolers to compare and contrast the lives of the Pilgrims of the Plimoth colony and the Wampanoags. Four videos take learners on virtual field trips to the Plymouth plantation. And an interactive timeline lets young historians tour the Mayflower and follow its journey to the New World. The activities packet provide a whole new way to look at the First Thanksgiving.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Divide the class into five groups, ask two groups to create replicas of a Wampanoag village and the Plimoth colony communities while the other three craft presentations about Samoset, Tisquantum, and Massasoit
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires considerable prep time to gather materials and copy readings
  • Includes teaching guides for PreK-K, grades 3-5, and grades 6-8
  • A grading rubric is also included
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