For the first week of my takeover during my full-time student teaching assignment, I created a thematic unit on the life of Pilgrims. My primary focus for this lesson segment was for student’s to compare and contrast their own lives and personal experiences to those of Pilgrim children. I have highlighted some of the lessons in this segment below, including the “Big Idea” each lesson was created around.
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Math: Abacus Math!
Pilgrim children did not have the luxury or technology that children have today in the classroom. In order to learn basic arithmetic, Pilgrim children used counting tools, such as an abacus to complete addition and subtraction, rather than flashy manipulatives and calculators.
Science: I Can’t Believe its Butter!
This lesson is developed in order to demonstrate that making butter was a difficult chore. Churning was physically tiring, and it took a long time. Usually young girls would be the ones to churn and they would make up rhymes to sing and help pass the time. Making butter is also a hands-on scientific experiment that involves taking a liquid and solidifying it.
For hundreds of years, people have moved from one place to another in search of a better life. This continues today. The reasons people leave their homeland in search of a new place to live vary. Some people leave by choice. Others are “forced” out because of unrest in their home country. Students will learn that America is a “melting pot” of people who are originally from different places around the world.
Language Arts: Now and Long Ago- Pilgrim Children vs. Modern Children
During this lesson students will learn about Pilgrim children and compare and contrast the similarities and differences between their lives and the daily lives of the young Pilgrims using literary texts, “Sarah Morton’s Day” and “Samuel Eaton’s Day” by Kate Waters.