Learning about Pilgrims!
Yes I realize it's December. With three sinus infections in the last 2 months, a sick mom and a sick (almost) mother in law, Thanksgiving coming early and Christmas break coming late (a WHOLE week late!!!) I haven't had a lot of time. After a suggestion from Dan that blogging seems to be a good stress release for me I decided to work on it today (that and I'm at home sick anyways). So before I tell you all the hilarious things our class elf on the shelf has been up to I will try and catch up on the rest of our November activities.
Before we started our Thanksgiving unit we made a KWL chart. (See last post below). We spent a week learning about the Wampanoags and their lifestyle as compared to ours. Next we start learning all about the pilgrims! We read a little emergent reader I found on Hubbards Cupboard (awesome website if you haven't looked at it before!). Here's the link. (You'll have to scroll down a little until you get to Pilgrim Pilgrim emergent reader. I didn't think I should post her pdf file without asking). http://www.hubbardscupboard.org/the_pilgrims__first_thanksgivi.html We discuss each part of the story as we read it. I make a copy for each of the kids and we revisit it throughout the week. As I've mentioned before I work at a Catholic school so we are able to discuss prayer and things like that very freely. The kindergarteners take religious freedom very seriously when we read our Thanksgiving books! (As much as a five year old can :)
We read "Tapenum's Day" the week before. During our pilgrim week we read "Sarah Morton's Day" and "Samuel Eaton's Day." Both have awesome pictures and details of what pilgrim life was like for kids.
We go down to the gym and walk 90 feet to see how long the Mayflower was. When we get back to the room I show the kids a box and explain that most of the families had to fit their belongings in a space that small. We have a big class discussion over what they would need to bring vs what they would want to bring. I have the kids get into small groups with clipboards and make a list (with pictures or words) of 3 things they would want to bring and three things they would need to bring. At centers the kids make their own Mayflower ship out of construction paper and write "If I were on the Mayflower I would bring..."
They always turn out so cute! Again my camera is busted so when I get it figured out I will post some pictures. The thing that made my day was during our class discussion of needs vs. wants. They kids got into a pretty heated debate over whether I was a "need" or a "want" to bring. :)
I'll post more pilgrim related activities later! We also read a lot of fun Thanksgiving/turkey books. Check out my pinboard for November for a bunch of free printables and ideas for November. http://pinterest.com/kristinimartini/november-classroom-ideas/