We’ve all heard the story – the Pilgrims sailed to America on the Mayflower and landed on Plymouth Rock. After a rough start, they were saved by the Indians who then celebrated with a Thanksgiving feast… But how accurate is that tale?
With this unit study, you and your child will explore the real history behind this holiday. You will read from both the Wampanoag perspective, learning more about their history and culture, as well as that of the English settlers and how their colonization affected the Indigenous people. I include a variety of activities to help you get the most out of the literature.
I would recommend this unit for grades 4-6, but older or younger students can join in as well.
Included in this unit study are four picture book mini-units. They are separate from the main lesson plans, so you can feel free to add them whenever you choose. These are a great way to fit younger learners into the unit, as well as give you some additional reading for the whole family.
This 49-page unit study includes:
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History Smashers: The Mayflower by Kate Messner – Bookshop.org
Race to the Truth: Colonization and the Wampanoag Story by Linda Coombs – Bookshop.org
Keepunumuk: Weeâchumun’s Thanksgiving by Danielle Greendeer (Y) – Bookshop.org
Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message – by Chief Jake Swamp (Y) – Bookshop.org
The People Shall Continue by Simon J. Ortiz (Y)
We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell (Y) – Bookshop.org
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