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Life as a Pilgrim
16 Nov, 2013. 4 Comments. A Day In First Grade, Autumn, First Grade, First Grade Holidays, First Grade Social Studies, Holidays, Kindergarten Holidays, November, Preschool Holidays. Posted By: Kristen Smith

The last week we have been so busy it’s crazy. With only 5 days left until Thanksgiving break, we are working so hard. The past week we have really been learning about what life was like as a Pilgrim. My students have been busily reading, “Thanksgiving on a Thursday” as well as many other Thanksgiving books. We have been recording the information we are learning in our interactive journals and are absolutely obsessed with the Pilgrims.

My students have loved hearing about life on the Mayflower and in Massachusetts. To have my students really experience life as the Pilgrims, we have made homemade butter, eaten old fashioned cornbread, baked pumpkin bread, and have been making quilts.

We started the week with pumpkin bread. I had set up a graph on my easel for my students to graph if they liked the pumpkin bread or not. I precut all the circles and put them in cups with double sided sticky tape. The graphing was quick and easy! 
 
We mixed up all of the ingredients and then popped it into the crockpot to cook for 3.5 hours. 
It came out PERFECT! 
My students ALL agreed that it was FABULOUS and everyone put their “yes” circle up on the graph. {This didn’t help us with graphing skills much! LOL!} 
Later on in the week we made homemade butter. Oh man did it come out delicious. 
For this you need whipping cream, a mason jar, sugar, and strong arms.
My students carefully poured the whipping cream into the mason jar and then I sealed the lid. 
Then we all took turns shake, shake, shaking the jar. It only took about 5 minutes for it to turn into a delicious butter! 
We then enjoyed it on some rustic cornbread. 
It was so good! {and so easy} You have to try this one! 
We culminated this activity with reading Sarah Morton’s Day.  My students concluded that life as a Pilgrim was much harder than today and wrote all about life as a Pilgrim.  
We also have been learning all about the voyage of the Mayflower. We are currently working on what we would have packed if we were on the Mayflower. The writing pieces and suitcases should be finished Monday afternoon. 
 This Friday we also started our class quilt. This is one of my favorite November activities. For this one I precut all of the fabric squares and teach my students about quilting patterns. We also talk about how the Pilgrims used quilts and the importance of quilts in the winter. They then work at designing their own square. When the project is finished, we hang them all up on a bulletin board. 
 During this unit we are able to touch upon many of our Social Studies standards. I teach my students about time lines, life in the past, and colonial times. We talk about what it was like in the past and compare ourselves to children back then. 
 This unit also allows us to really work on writing. We have been writing every day about a variety of things. We have written opinions about Thanksgiving, life as a Pilgrim, facts they have learned and letters to the Pilgrims. 
We did a mini lesson on questions and what we would ask the Pilgrims if we could. My students produced some great letters and questions during this writers workshop. 
If you are interested in any of these activities or recipes, they can be found in my “Two Weeks of Pilgrim Activities” pack. Click on the cover to get taken there! 

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4 Comments
  1. Wowie. Wow. Wow! You are spectacular! I LOVE all of the learning your kiddos are doing and the way you present it to them. I’m sure your first graders LOVE coming to school.

    Your Mayflower activities are spectacular. Blessings!

  2. Wow! I love all of your ideas about experiencing life as a pilgrim! I am so excited to use some of these activities with my own first graders!

  3. Do you have the recipes you used for the bread? I’d love to do this with my class!

  4. Love all your pictures that you have on your posts. It really lets me see how to set up some of your great ideas! I love the buckets for the yes and no’s right under the graph!

    Renee

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  • Wowie. Wow. Wow! You are spectacular! I LOVE all of the learning your kiddos are doing and the way you present it to them. I’m sure your first graders LOVE coming to school.

    Your Mayflower activities are spectacular. Blessings!

  • Wow! I love all of your ideas about experiencing life as a pilgrim! I am so excited to use some of these activities with my own first graders!

  • Do you have the recipes you used for the bread? I’d love to do this with my class!

  • Love all your pictures that you have on your posts. It really lets me see how to set up some of your great ideas! I love the buckets for the yes and no’s right under the graph!

    Renee

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