Creating a Report About Pilgrims, Wampanoags, and the First Thanksgiving
1 The Hook
From the Scholastic website (http://www.scholastic.com/scholastic_thanksgiving/) read the initial letters from the Pilgrim and Wampanoag children. Show the introduction from the Plimoth website (http://www.plimoth.org/media/olc/intro.html). Show photos and realia related to the Pilgrims, Wampanoags, and the first Thanksgiving. Ask students to complete the K and W portions of a KWL chart on paper or have groups of 4 students use the WeKWL app and complete the K and W columns.
2 Direct Instruction
3 Guided Practice
Return to the Scholastic Thanksgiving website mentioned in the Hook. Complete The Mayflower section of the website. Read aloud a book about the Mayflower, such as If You Sailed on the Mayflower by Ann Mcgovern and Anna DiVito. As you read students should be taking notes of facts that they hear. Depending on the grade, ask students to note 2-6 facts. Pair students and have them create a single page book (more if appropriate for the grade level) about what they learned. Use AirServer, Reflector, or a similar product to share the books with the class. Discuss the fact(s) presented. Ask students to add to their KWL chart.
4 Independent Practice
Students choose a specific facet of Pilgrim or Wampanoag life to learn more about. Possible topics might be clothes, food, homes, or chores. Provide students with research material, including the Scholastic and Plimoth websites mentioned in the Hook. Students research their topic and find an appropriate number of facts. They create a presentation using Haiku Deck. Presentations can be shared with the class using AirServer.