Mayflower & Pilgrim Unit Study
Could you imagine giving up the life you had known for something entirely different? An adventure that turns into a grueling and desperate attempt to live free? I imagine our pilgrims coming to America had big plans and many of them packed what they could ready to board a ship and never look back.
The Main Focus
The primary focus for us to learn and create while taking away some deeper meanings. We usually don’t have a lot of time to spend on this unit, and in a way, it allows us to pick this apart for years to come! One of the structured pieces of this study is the Explorers Box from Lakeshore. The activity guide has some parts that can help us learn about the Mayflower. It is then on the individual books to teach us what life was like, and then we try out some crafts and cooking. Some unit studies contain items for each subject and that can be really great for younger kids. I like to make ours open and free, so we choose something to do each morning before our regular classwork begins. You can always find & use a study guide for this topic as well.
- Build a Log Cabin (kit from Hobby Lobby or Rainbow Resource)
- Dioramas & Paper Models
- Cooking a Wampanoag Recipe & Pilgrim Recipe (Scroll down to copy & print)
Field Trips & Exploration
Wampanoag Recipe ~Nasaump
1 1/2 cups cornmeal
1 cup strawberries, raspberries, blueberries or a combination of all three
1/2 crushed walnuts, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds or a combination of all three
1 quart water
maple syrup or sugar to taste (optional)
Combine cornmeal, berries, crushed nuts, and the optional sweetener in a pot of water and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat to medium and cook, stirring frequently, for 15 minutes.
cooking oil or butter
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