The days leading up Thanksgiving, and few days afterwards, we read more about colonial times, the pilgrims, the Europeans coming to the New World, and of course, the Native Americans. We read and learned about The Mayflower Compact.
We finished reading this book from the same series we’ve read for all the cultural regions, and native americans studies we’ve done so far, that we have enjoyed a lot, for the clear photos and information. This was the Northeast Indians book from the First Nations of North America series.
We did some projects of the Mayflower, and of pilgrims, and read about the coming to the New World for the Europeans in the 1600’s specifically, to learn more about the meaning of Thanksgiving. We drew the Mayflower and learned about its size and what it was like to have traveled in it 400 years ago.
And then set out to make a mosaic of the ship.
The pieces turned out really pretty, but I think it was harder than I had anticipated.
Both Lucas and Siena did a great job though. this is what it looked like in the back, with all the little pieces of paper taped to make the different colors shine with the light.
Don’t you think?
These are few more of the books that we used and read about The First Thanksgiving and around Colonial Times:
- First Nations of North America : Northeast Indians by Christin Ditchfield.
- Squanto and the First Thanksgiving by Joyce K. Kessel.
- Let’s Read About… Pocahontas by Kimberly Weinberger.
- Sarah Morton’s Day : A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl by Kate Waters.
- Tapenum’s Day : A Wampanoag Indian Boy in Pilgrim Times by Kate Waters.
- Giving Thanks : Poems, Prayers, and Praise songs of Thanksgiving by Katherine Paterson.
- A Plymouth Partnership: Pilgrims and Native Americans by Susan Whitehurst.
- Magic Tree House : Thanksgiving on Thursday by Mary Pope Osborne.
- Magic Tree House Fact Tracker : Pilgrims by Mary Pope Osborne.
- If You Lived in Colonial Times by Ann Mcgovern.
- Chronicle of America : Colonial Times 1600 – 1700 by Joy Masoff.
- History Pockets : Life in Plymouth Colony (Grades 1-3).