Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Change Over Time with the Pilgrims

A lot of the new essential standards include something about change over time, so I am taking advantage of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday to work on change over time with my Kindergarteners. Scholastic has a wonderful website that compares daily life elements of the Pilgrims and the Wampanoags. You can also see what the journey here was like and see more about the first Thanksgiving feast. (They also have virtual field trips you can sign up for - last year it was sort of like an interview with a couple of the Pilgrims and Wampanoags. I thought it was interesting, but the older language style made it harder for the kids.)

We started with a Super 3 review and brainstormed questions we had about the Pilgrims and where we could find more information. I focused just on the Pilgrims daily life section with this lesson and had the students compare life then with their life now. Then, we did a sort on the smartboard with items the Pilgrims used then and things the kids use now. If we have time, I might do the same thing with the Wampanoag side of the site. The kids had fun and liked the site because they use photographs of people dressed in the time period clothes. If you have not used this site before, make sure you check it out!

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