Lesson Plan

Creating a Report About Pilgrims, Wampanoags, and the First Thanksgiving

Students will learn about Pilgrims, Wampanoags, and the first Thanksgiving. They will choose a particular topic from the learning and create a report.
Jennifer A.
Classroom teacher
Montclaire Elementary School
Los Altos, United States
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My Grades 7
My Subjects Math, Health & Wellness

Students will be able to...read at grade level and gather facts from reading and watching video. Students will be able to choose facts to support a particular topic. They will create a report with the related facts and include illustrations.

English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 1 – 5
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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

Use the LearnZillion Nearpod presentations designed for 3rd grade (adjust as necessary) about research reading. On the whiteboard complete "Fact Fragment Frenzy" as a class. Practice together using non-fiction passages from ReadWorks.

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.

5 Wrap Up

Students complete their KWL chart, focusing now on questions they still have that they might want to research at a future time. As an extension, students can pair with a classmate to create a real person Trading Card for either a Pilgrim or Wampanoag child.