A Colonial Tour from TeachersFirst: Plymouth

Many Americans consider the landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth as the start of European settlement in North America. While the pilgrims weren't the first, their history and the reasons for their voyage would form the model for many streams of settlers and immigrants during the colonial period.

The area surrounding Plymouth, the rest of Cape Cod, and all of eastern Massachusetts are rich with colonial history. If you're touring these sites in person, the distances are relatively short, so you can see a number of places in a few days. If you're taking this tour on the web, just click on the links below.


 

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Saints & Strangers - National Geographic

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Saints & Strangers is an interactive activity that puts you in the role of the Pilgrims landing in Plymouth in 1620. As you make decisions about how to govern and ...more
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Saints & Strangers is an interactive activity that puts you in the role of the Pilgrims landing in Plymouth in 1620. As you make decisions about how to govern and live, you also visit your colony to complete quests requiring players to make difficult decisions along the way.

tag(s): explorers (61), game based learning (101), holidays (147), pilgrims (17), thanksgiving (37)

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Engage your students by sailing into 1620 Plymouth. Share the experience using your interactive whiteboard or projector and the Saints & Strangers introductory video. Next, share the Tutorial pointing out the goal in this activity and different aspects such as clicking on key character images to ask their advice when facing a difficult decision. Then allow students to explore on their own. The text portion might be challenging. Pair weaker readers with stronger readers. Have students create an annotated image to discuss one of their choices, including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Create a class wiki with links to other resources on the pilgrims. Not comfortable with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through. Be sure to include Saints & Strangers as part of your Thanksgiving lesson plans.

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Brain Doodles - Thomas Michaud

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Learn more about taking visual notes at Brain Doodles. Find lesson plans, examples, and videos to help improve your memory; do this with doodles and using the senses of sight, ...more
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Learn more about taking visual notes at Brain Doodles. Find lesson plans, examples, and videos to help improve your memory; do this with doodles and using the senses of sight, hearing, and touch. This site is actually more than a learn to doodle site. It's more like drawing lessons to help you think. Find lessons about using letters and numbers for images, drawing stick figures, faces and emotions, memory techniques, problem-solving, and how to listen effectively (so important!). There are several videos per lesson. Roll your cursor over the lesson boxes to see titles of videos in a pop-up box. Download the complete lessons in PDF format. If you're not a doodler, maybe you should be! In an article published in "Applied Cognitive Psychology" Jackie Andrade, a professor at the University of Plymouth, stated doodlers find it easier to recall dull information (29 percent more) than non-doodlers.

tag(s): critical thinking (92), drawing (77), listening (92), note taking (31), organizational skills (120), problem solving (258)

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Introduce this tool on an interactive whiteboard or projector, explaining some of the research behind doodling, memory techniques, and listening. Students love to draw so focus their attention on drawing to learn by setting up a station/center for students to rotate through during any other stations/centers you might have for math, science, history, writing, and more. If you don't use stations, you may want to include a short lesson as an opener or closer each day. Students could finish the day's lesson at home by putting a link to Brain Doodles on your class website for students and parents to access. Now that's homework your students will be motivated to learn!
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Plimoth Plantation - Plimoth Plantation

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Plimoth Plantation (That's the original spelling) is a reconstruction of the Pilgrim settlement at Plymouth. Take a field trip to the Plimoth Plantation just in time for Thanksgiving....more
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Plimoth Plantation (That's the original spelling) is a reconstruction of the Pilgrim settlement at Plymouth. Take a field trip to the Plimoth Plantation just in time for Thanksgiving. Take a virtual field trip to an English village and Wampanoag home site from 1627. Go inside a Wetu, or home, and look. Become a historian and uncover what really happened in the first Thanksgiving. Primary sources give accounts from the Wampanoag traditions to the English home of Pilgrim Mary Allerton. Each student will finish with a printed exhibition panel. Dig into your ancestry to find out if you are a pilgrim. Find actual genealogical profiles. Explore the museum collections of artifacts.
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tag(s): colonial america (107), pilgrims (17), thanksgiving (37)

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Change the commercial traditions of tradition and bring on a study of history. Fascinating worlds of primary resources are at your computer! Virtual field trips, historical sleuthing, genealogy, and so much more. Challenge your students to take a closer look and decide for themselves. Debate information lines the pages of this website. Study history not false information. Share this and other sections of the TeachersFirst Colonial America tour as part of your study of the colonies so students can see what these historic locations look like today.
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The Real Story of Thanksgiving - Manataka American Indian Council

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This site offers three stories about the "Real Story of Thanksgiving." Discover the real story of Thanksgiving, a teacher introduction, and the Plymouth Thanksgiving Story. The Manatake...more
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This site offers three stories about the "Real Story of Thanksgiving." Discover the real story of Thanksgiving, a teacher introduction, and the Plymouth Thanksgiving Story. The Manatake are trying to preserve and protect their history and place of worship. Find fascinating information on Thanksgiving from a different perspective.

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Challenge your students to take a different point of view on Thanksgiving. Follow the historical information of the Manatake to see their Thanksgiving story. Lead students through a Socratic seminar to think about who really was thankful. Why should the people at the time celebrate? Write essays using reflections on the purpose of reflection and celebration. Determine if similar situations still exist today. Lead your students to a service-learning project to help others.

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How the Pilgrims Lived - Amy Ridenhour

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How the Pilgrims Lived, a journal written by Governor Edward Winslow in 1621. ...more
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How the Pilgrims Lived, a journal written by Governor Edward Winslow in 1621.

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Mayflower Compact - Amy Ridenhour

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The Mayflower Compact was the agreement that the Pilgrims wrote by which they agreed to govern themselves. ...more
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The Mayflower Compact was the agreement that the Pilgrims wrote by which they agreed to govern themselves.

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Cape Cod National Seashore - NPS.gov

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Cape Cod National Seashore offers a number of attractions both historical and scenic. Their home page will take you on a cyber-visit to many of these attractions. ...more
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Cape Cod National Seashore offers a number of attractions both historical and scenic. Their home page will take you on a cyber-visit to many of these attractions.

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Virtual Tour Plantation - Plimoth.org

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This virtual tour is actually two tours made in conjunction with Scholastic. The first video is Pilgrim Village: View the simple life of the Pilgrims in this 18-minute video for ...more
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This virtual tour is actually two tours made in conjunction with Scholastic. The first video is Pilgrim Village: View the simple life of the Pilgrims in this 18-minute video for all grades. The second video is the Wampanoag Homesite: Witness the life of the indigenous people who were part of the Wampanoag Nation in this 17-minute video for all grades.

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A Lesson on the Pilgrims - Cape Cod National Seashore

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A Lesson on the Pilgrims - ready to print - is also available from the National Seashore Park. To use this, you'll need the Adobe Acrobat reader. Get it from ...more
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A Lesson on the Pilgrims - ready to print - is also available from the National Seashore Park. To use this, you'll need the Adobe Acrobat reader. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

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The History of the Pilgrims - Cape Cod National Seashore

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The History of the Pilgrims is part of the information available at the Cape Cod National Seashore Park. This page presents a detailed explanation of Pilgrim beliefs and how this ...more
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The History of the Pilgrims is part of the information available at the Cape Cod National Seashore Park. This page presents a detailed explanation of Pilgrim beliefs and how this group of religious dissidents ended up founding a settlement in the New World.

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Thanksgiving History - Fourth World Documentation Project

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This simple, text-based site includes a narrative about Thanksgiving, recipes, and more. The narrative provides an excellent resource for a unit that examines the first inhabitants...more
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This simple, text-based site includes a narrative about Thanksgiving, recipes, and more. The narrative provides an excellent resource for a unit that examines the first inhabitants of the Plymouth region (the Wampanoag), their culture, and the impact of the arrival of the Pilgrims upon their lives. The site describes the establishment and eventual deterioration of friendships between the early colonists and the Wampanoag. A study guide and discussion questions are included, along with ideas for enrichment. This is more than the usual cute Thanksgiving story and seeks to debunk many myths.

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Use this site as background for your pre-Thanksgiving lessons or create a scavenger hunt using the questions from the More Information for Teachers section. Have students wok in teams to create a booklet or PowerPoint presentation from a different angle: A Virtual Tour of the First Thanksgiving or a Guide for European Settlers to Life Among the Wampanoags.

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