Voyage on the Mayflower for Grades 6–8

Imagine living in the hold of a sailing ship for 63 days, enduring rough seas and autumn storms. As part of a study of the voyage of the Mayflower, class members examine an online resource that details life about the ship, watch a slide show about the first Thanksgiving, and examine historical letters. The resource also includes links to virtual field trips to a Wampanoag homesite and the Plymouth Plantation.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Flip your classroom—assign applicable aspects of the lesson for homework, direct pupils to complete the work in preparation for an in-class activity
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires computers with internet access
  • Although designed for middle schoolers, activities can be easily adapted for various grade levels
  • Set aside extra prep time to gather and prepare materials
  • Requires computers equipped with Adobe Flash
Pros
  • Offers suggestions for ways to adapt the lessons to meet the needs of different grade and reading levels
  • Provides step-by-step directions for the lesson
Cons
  • None