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Sailing into Thanksgiving

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Grade Level: K - 2nd

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Duration: 45 minutes

Leaving England for the New World, the Pilgrims sailed across the ocean on their small ship the Mayflower. Join us in learning about life on board the Mayflower and its journey across the Atlantic. Students will learn about the Pilgrims and their life in America, what inspired them to celebrate the first Thanksgiving, and how the Wampanoag people were essential to their survival. Students will have an opportunity to make a story bracelet inspired by Wampanoag wampum belts so they will be able to tell others about the Thanksgiving story.

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Learning Objectives

Students will: 

  • Gain a better understanding of the origins and story of the first Thanksgiving,
  • Learn about what life was like onboard the Mayflower, and  
  • Explore the importance of the Wampanoag and how they aided in the Pilgrims’ survival.

History (VDOE 2023)

  • Elementary: Skills KG (a-i); K.1 (a-e); K.2 (e); K.6; K.8 (a-b); Skills 1 (a-i); 1.1 (a-c); 1.2 (e); 1.6 (a); 1.8 (a, b, e); Skills 2 (a-i); 2.1 (b); 2.3 (e); 2.5 (a, d); 2.6; 2.13 (a-d)

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


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

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