Pilgrim Unit (7 lessons)

Grade Levels: 3 - 8

This unit will lead students towards an understanding of the Pilgrims and native people who inhabited the area of present-day Plymouth, Massachusetts in the 1620's. The main texts are children's books and other reference materials.

LESSON
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MATERIALS
Lesson 1
Planning for the Voyage
  • Students will be able to locate Plymouth, MA, Hudson River, Cape Cod, Holland and England on a map.
  • Students will be able to identify the reasons the Pilgrims came to the New World.
  • Students will be able to explain how the investors and the colonists would each benefit from a new colony.
  • Maps
    Three Young Pilgrims
    by Cheryl Harness
    Pilgrim Fact Cards
    Lesson 2
    Aboard the Mayflower
  • Students will be able to identify the difficult and the pleasant aspects of the voyage of the Mayflower.
  • Students will be able to differentiate between the terms "Saints" and "Strangers."
  • Maps
    Three Young Pilgrims
    by Cheryl Harness
    Pilgrim Fact Cards
    Lesson 3
    Choosing Plymouth
  • 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.
  • Three Young Pilgrims
    by Cheryl Harness
    Pilgrim Fact Cards
    Lesson 4
    The First Winter
  • Students will be able to describe the first winter that the Pilgrims spent in Plymouth.
  • Students will be able to retell the first meeting of the native people and the Pilgrims.
  • Three Young Pilgrims
    by Cheryl Harness
    Pilgrim Fact Cards
    Lesson 5
    The First Thanksgiving
  • Students will be able to explain the history of Thanksgiving.
  • Three Young Pilgrims
    by Cheryl Harness
    Pilgrim Fact Cards
    Lesson 6
    Life in Plymouth
  • Students will be able to write a timeline showing significant events in the Plymouth Colony that occurred between 1621 and 1628.
  • Three Young Pilgrims
    by Cheryl Harness
    Pilgrim Fact Cards
    Lesson 7
    Pilgrim Children
  • Students will be able to describe a day in the life of a Pilgrim boy or girl in 1627.
  • Samuel Eaton's Day, Sarah Morton's Day
    by Kate Waters, Russ Kendall;
    Three Young Pilgrims
    by Cheryl Harness
    Pilgrim Fact Cards
    © Plymouth Public Schools, Plymouth, MA 02360

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