Choosing Plymouth - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 3 of 7)
Grade Levels: 3 - 8
- Students will be able to explain how the Pilgrims landed in the "wrong" place.
- Students will be able to explain the reasons the Native people attacked the Pilgrims and sailors on Cape Cod.
- Students will be able to identify the principal physical features the Pilgrims considered when choosing the location of Plymouth (Town Brook, land that was unoccupied and cleared, a good harbor, no sign of natives).
- Students will be able to define and illustrate key vocabulary words (optional).
- Three Young Pilgrims by Cheryl Harness (pp.5 - 8 )
- Pilgrim Fact Cards 4 & 5
- Cause and Effect Worksheet (see below)
- Class chart (begun in Lesson 1)
- Mayflower Compact
- Review what was learned in Lesson 1 and 2 (refer to Class Chart).
- Review the basics of Cause and Effect statements (ie. Cause: I am hungry, Effect: I eat my lunch.).
- Instruct the students to read pages 6-8 in Three Young Pilgrims and Pilgrim Fact Cards 4 & 5.
- Students will write Cause and Effect statements that address the reasons why the colony was located in Plymouth.
- Students will define and illustrate vocabulary (optional).
- Upon completion of the assignments, update the Class Chart.
Extension/Extra Credit Projects
- Create a postcard to send to a friend in Europe as if you were a Pilgrim. Illustrate one aspect of the settling in Plymouth on the front. Write a brief message on the back of the postcard.
- Write a letter from a Pilgrim to a friend in England detailing the choice of Plymouth as the site of the colony.
- Locate a map of Plymouth and note the physical features that made Plymouth a desirable place to settle.
CAUSE AND EFFECT
Write 5 Cause and Effect statements which explain why the colony was located in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
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