Lesson Plan

Voyage on the Mayflower for Grades 3-5

Following an online activity, scholars complete a Grafitti Wall in which small groups write words and phrases on chart paper pertaining to Pilgrims, the Mayflower, and Thanksgiving. Pupils perform a close reading then answer a series of questions about the Mayflower Compact over the course of three readings. Learners draw a diagram of the Mayflower then write a letter to England.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Pose close reading questions on a classroom blog
  • Use the multiple-choice questions to create a digital quiz that easily grades itself
  • Display Graffiti Wall posters alongside written letters on a First Thanksgiving-themed focus wall
Classroom Considerations
  • The first of three lessons focused on the Pilgrims voyage on the Mayflower 
  • Participants require a computer with internet access, copies of handouts, and craft materials
  • Offers two lesson extensions
  • The lesson plan is written in 14 detailed steps
  • Provides opportunities for peer interaction
  • Does not include experiences and reflections from Native Americans