Sunday, May 3, 2015

Life In Plymouth Colony

The kids recently finished up the next unit in their US History studies - Life in Plymouth Colony.  (Okay, so they actually finished it in March, I'm still running a bit behind on posts).

The primary resources they used were Evan Moor History Pockets and lots of books.  The kids are big fans of cutting and pasting, slightly less thrilled with coloring but they are both starting to enjoy that more as well.  The History Pockets also offer a variety of writing projects, new vocabulary terms, and a brief factsheet for each sub-topic.

Some of the books they used:

They began by reading about the Lost Colony of Roanoke and Jamestown to bridge the time between the Explorers and the Pilgrims.

They then learned about the Pilgrims voyage to the new world.  Some of these activities were similar to what they did with explorers, including writing a list of what they would bring on the journey.


(This is Baby Piggles - Vicki's latest favorite stuffie - a Minecraft pig.)

The made a flip book with facts about the Mayflower, and mapped out the Pilgrims journey.

Each pocket included a dictionary page of new vocabulary words, such as hardtack, Pilgrim, compact, meetinghouse, settlement, militia, musket...

They read about the first Thanksgiving and the struggles the Pilgrims had during the long winter.

They learned about life in the colonial village, including about the Town Crier and the Tithing Man and made a model of the Tithing Man's pole.


They made a model of a pilgrim town, with detailed views inside the various buildings.

They learned about the home life of the Pilgrims and made a diorama of a Keeping Room.

They learned about family life for the Pilgrims and each picked a example of good manners to add to their stew:

They learned about various quilt patterns and designed one of their own.

They learned more about the various jobs found in the colony and made up a shop sign for a trade they chose.

They learned about school in the colony and thought it was a lot like homeschool. :-)

They finished up by writing a letter about what their day would be like in the 1600's...

and filling in a study guide and test.

They seemed to be most impressed by how hard the life was.

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