Sarah Morton's Day: A Day
in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl by Kate Waters
Samuel Eaton's Day: A Day
in the Life of a Pilgrim Boy by Kate Waters
If You Sailed on the
Mayflower in 1620 by Ann McGovern
Pilgrim Children on the
Mayflower by Ida DeLage
Three Young Pilgrims by
Thanksgiving Day by Gail
Squanto and The First
Thanksgiving by Joyce Kessel
The Pilgrims' First
Thanksgiving by Ann McGovern
How Many Days to
America?: A Thanksgiving Story by Eve Bunting
Five Little Pilgrims
Five little Pilgrims on Thanksgiving Day
(hold up hand and count off fingers with the rhyme)
The first one said, "I"ll have cake if I may."
The second one said, "I'll have turkey roasted."
The third one said, "I'll have chestnuts toasted."
The fourth one said, "I'll have pumpkin pie."
The fifth one said, "Oh, cranberries I spy."
But before the Pilgrims ate their turkey dressing,
They bowed their heads and said a Thanksgiving blessing."
sentences, "This little Pilgrim brought ____."
Monthly Reproducibles, Kindergarten, TEC963
the similarities between a Pilgrim family and a family of today,
Worksheet Magazine, Kindergarten, Nov/Dec/Jan 1991-92
Pilgrim's voyage on the Mayflower
Helper, Kindergarten, Nov/Dec/Jan 1992-93
carried 128 people, as well as provisions and animals. To allow
students to see how crowded the ship was, measure off an area 106
feet by 25 feet. Chalk off the area or lay a rope around the
perimeter. Invite other classes to gather inside the area until
there are 128 children inside. Remind them there would have also
been provisions an then have them imagine living in this small
amount of space for 66 days.
ideas of what the Pilgrims would have needed to take with them on
the Mayflower. Send home a grocery bag and a note with each child
asking that they pack the things they would need to take to a new
land inside the bag. Have children share what they packed.
Make a Venn
diagram to compare Pilgrim childrenís chores to the chores of
Make a Venn
diagram to compare Pilgrim parents' chores to the chores of children
History records that during the first hard winter, the Pilgrim's
daily ration of food plummeted to five kernels of parched corn
daily. Show the children five popcorn kernels and we talk about how
we might feel if that is all we have to eat! This is very impressive
to the kids when you put the kernels on a regular size plate. Not
students either five kernels of deer feed corn or five candy corns
in a baggie as you read this story.
The Legend of
the Five Kernels
winter the Pilgrims spent in their new home was very cold. Food was
in short supply. Some days they
enough food for each new person to have five kernels of corn for the
day. Finally spring came. They planted food and it grew. All the
Pilgrims did not die. From then on, when a time of Thanksgiving came
around, the Pilgrims put five kernels of corn on each plate to
remind themselves of their blessings. Let us also remember:
kernel reminds us of the autumn beauty around us.
kernel reminds us of our love for each other.
kernel reminds us of God's love and care for us.
kernel reminds us of our friends, especially our Native American
kernel reminds us that we are a free people.
reading about the Five Corn Kernels and the Legend, give the
children a small bag containing five pieces of candy corn attached
to a note explaining the custom of giving thanks for five things
before we eat Thanksgiving dinner in remembrance of those five corn
kernels that were all the Pilgrims had to eat.
Wash out a
school milk carton and lay it on its side.
paper cut-outs of the Mayflower ship to each side. Use a pencil to
poke one hole or two holes in the top side of the milk
carton. Insert a straw or two and thread a white paper sail on to the the
Bonnet and Apron
Pilgrim hat (coif) for girls by copying the pattern below on 12
inches by 18 inches construction paper. Fold back about an inch on
the long uncut side. Fold the two outer sections (where the slits
are) over the middle to create a hat shape. Staple in place. Run yarn
under the folded edge and tie.
Then make an
apron from drawstring kitchen trash bags (2 aprons from one bag).
Cut the bag in half along the side seams. Pull the drawstring on
both sides to gather the apron. (You may have to add ribbon to
this.) Wrap it around the girlís waist and tie in the back.
Pilgrim Boy Hat
Cut out the
shape below from 12" x 18" black construction paper. Glue on the
yellow buckle. Put scotch tape at the corners and laminate for
This was a
drawstring bag that Pilgrims wore because their clothing did not
have pockets. Punch holes along the top of a lunch bag and then turn
the bag inside out. Thread a 36 inch length of yarn through the
holes and tie in a bow. Wrap another length of yarn around the waist
and tie on the pocket.
This art project
is from the TLC Fall book.
Buy black coffee
cups and cut out the bottom. Cut a black construction paper circle
with approximately a five inch diameter. Turn the cup upside down
and glue to the center of the black circle. Add a gold buckle cutout
to the hat. When the glue dries, fill with candy corn.
Color or paint
the roof, windows and door. Glue pretzel sticks of pretzel logs on
the house to make a log cabin.
Pilgrim where's your hat?
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Have the children stand in a circle. Choose one child to be the
pilgrim and stand in the middle. Blindfold this child. Let the other
children in the circle pass the hat to each other saying:
pilgrim where's your hat?
We've passed it around the circle.
Now you try to get it back.
The children stop passing the hat when the poem is completed. The
has the hat at this point hides it behind his back. The pilgrims
tries to guess who has the hat.
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