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Sailing into Thanksgiving

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Grade Level: K - 2nd

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Duration: 45 minutes

The Pilgrims left England for the New World, sailing across the ocean on their small ship,  Mayflower. Join us in learning about life on board Mayflower and how the ship was able to travel across the Atlantic Ocean. Students will also learn about the Pilgrims, their life in America, and what inspired them to celebrate the first Thanksgiving. Students will have an opportunity to make a story bracelet so they can share what they learned about the Pilgrims with others. 

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Learning Objectives

Students will gain a better understanding of: 

  • The origins and story of the first Thanksgiving,
  • What life was like on board Mayflower, and  
  • The importance of the Wampanoag and how they aided in the Pilgrims’ survival.

History (VDOE 2015)

  • Elementary: K.1, K.7, K.10, K.11, 2.1, 2.5, 2.8, 2.9, 2.10

Common Core Standards:

  • Elementary: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.: K.2, K.3, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 1.9, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5,2.6, 2.7, 2.9, 2.10, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.9, 3.10


Payment can be made before the program, or we can invoice following your program.

  • Programs at the Museum are $4.50 per student.
    All adults accompanying a field trip are free.
  • Programs at your location are $4.50 per student.
  • Virtual education programs are $125 per program.

Reservations are required for all programs and are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. Programs fill quickly in the fall and spring, so make your reservations a minimum of two weeks in advance.

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