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Lesson Plan Info: #3

1. Introduction
Students will take a virtual journey on the Mayflower and discover hardships the Pilgrims had to
endure. The subjects they will cover are social studies and theater. The students will further
develop their skills of performing while learning about a historical event.
Title: The Journey of the Pilgrims
Created By: Cobi Solana Maya
Date Created: 11/21/09
Grade: 1st grade combined with ELL 1st grade students
Subject: Social Studies and Theater
Topic of Lesson: Performance of the Journey of the Pilgrims
Class Submitted For: ED 520
Instructor: Prof Massey
Time Allotment: 1 week (30 minutes of practice and/or costume design daily.)
Nature and Scope: Learning Context: Students have just finished a lesson on Seasons. We will
talk about how weather and the coming season of winter really affected the journey of the
pilgrims. This lesson will also lead in to the next lesson on Thanksgiving.

2. Standards and Learner Outcomes
CO Content Standards
Standard 1:
Students develop interpersonal skills and problem-solving capabilities
through group interaction and artistic collaboration.
Students will learn how to cooperate and take turns speaking their parts to create a performance
others can understand.
Standard 2:
Students understand and apply the creative process to skills of storytelling,
playwriting, acting, and directing.
The students will have parts and be telling a story to their audience.
Standard 3:
Students understand and apply the creative process to skills of design and
technical production.
Students will help with their own costumes and some set designs.
2.1 Students know how to formulate questions and hypotheses
regarding what happened in the past and to obtain and
analyze historical data to answer questions and test hypotheses.
gathering historical data from multiple sources (for example, oral histories, interviews,
diaries, letters, newspapers, literature, speeches, texts, maps, photographs, art works,
and available technology).
By viewing the voyage of the Pilgrims students are able to form new questions and test what they
already know when completing their KWL chart. The students will describe what they already
knew prior to view the website. Next they will state what they want to learn. Last, they will
discover new information to add to their KWL chart.

NETS-T (Standards)
1. Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity
c. promote student reflection using collaborative tools to reveal and clarify students’ conceptual
understanding and thinking, planning, and creative processes
With the creation of the digital movie from the students performance, they will be able to reflect
on their performance and make modifications if needed.
2. Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessments
a. design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to
promote student learning and creativity
Students can create a performance, or talk about the Mayflower without using technology,
however, by incorporating technology this enhances the students experience and also allows
more students to be part of the learning.
3. Model Digital-Age Work and Learning
d. model and facilitate effective use of current and emerging digital tools to locate, analyze,
evaluate, and use information resources to support research and learning
Students will be researching the Scholastic website on the Pilgrims and their way of life to
create a good performance that depicts the time and traditions of the Pilgrims.

1.Students will reenact the journey of the pilgrims and create a digital story.
2.Students will research the journey from England to the New World (America).
3.Students will make a KWL chart on the Pilgrims journey.

3. Instructional Aids and/or Resources
Teacher Materials:
Movie Editing Software

Student Materials:
Student created costumes

ring with pictures and words you will cover in the lesson (do this 1 week prior to the lesson and
practice with students to check for understanding).

4. Curriculum Outline and Instructional Strategies
Opening (approx 10 minutes)
1. Gaining Attention: Tell the students they will be creating a play!
2. Prior Knowledge: Ask students if they remember what the 4 season are. Give them a
brief history of the Pilgrims wanting to leave England so they could practice their own
religion in the New World (America). Show them a map and tell them they needed a
boat to get to America. Ask student how the weather and seasons would affect their
journey on ship.
3. Purpose (Objective) of Lesson: Let students know that they will reenact the journey of
the pilgrims from England to the New World (America). Tell students they will need to
practice for a play and learn about their characters. Let students know we will create a
KWL chart and explain for those who are not familiar.
Body (approx. 1 week of 30-45 minutes)
4. Once students understand the objective, next have them view examples of plays, and the
teacher will also demonstrate a familiar character children may know about (i.e. the
three little pigs, or Goldilocks and the three bears).
5. Tell students this is called acting and sometimes we have to change our voice or facial
expressions to show others who we are trying to be.
6. View the Voyage of the Mayflower by Scholastic website.
7. Play a game of charades. Ask students to figure out who you are on the Mayflower (i.e.
are you a pilgrim, the captain, the crew).
8. Assign roles the first day and have students begin making costumes for their role
(Pilgrims, captain, crew, Native Indians)
9. Break up into 2 groups; 1st group will go over their roles and their lines w/a teacher.
Group 2 do research on the computer w/another teacher leading.
10. Students will do this for a week and at the end of the week they will create their
performance for another 1st grade class.
Closure (20 minutes)
11. Students will watch the video of their performance and discuss their acting and what
they learned about the Pilgrims and what they learned about acting in a play. Students
will finish filling out their KWL charts.

5. Integration of Educational Technology
5.11 CSU-P Standards
c. Make purposeful use of assistive technologies to enable all students, regardless of special
needs, to participate in learning; know when and where to find assistance in helping students
with special needs learn.
This lesson has hands on experiences (the play). The students also create costume hats. They
will view a slideshow with narration on the journey the pilgrims took and hardships they
endured. 1. Specific computer hardware, and/or software, and/or internet resources used will
be a computer hooked up to the Promethium board, 1-2 student computers in classroom,
camcorder, movie editing software, and Internet access for the scholastic website.
2. The technology will take place in the classroom on a few computers.
3. The Scholastic website gives an interactive, plotted chart of the Pilgrim voyage. Students
can go as fast or as slow as they need before moving on. The website gives a visual, audio, and
text account for the learning.
4. These different methods of instruction address the kinesthetic, verbal-linguistic, creative, and
auditory learners. Some ELL students may need to have additional assistance on this lesson.
Start with these students prior to giving the lesson and work on vocabulary words and learning
through pictures. The teacher could create a picture flashcard ring for them. These students
roles should also be determined early to allow them to participate in the learning and activities.

6. Evaluation
Assessment Plan:
Students will be assessed on their participation through the Journey of the Pilgrims play. They
will also be assessed on their comprehension of how the pilgrims came to America.

7. Alternate Plan
Reteaching Activities
Thanksgiving Characters: Patterns

Have students color and create popsicle stick puppets of the journey of the pilgrims. This may
be more of a private way for students to reenact the voyage without the stage fright that some
students experience.

Extension Activities
Have students create a timeline and mark off on a calendar how many days it took to get from
England to the New World (America).

8. References:
Works Cited
Scholastic, Inc. (n.d.). Retrieved November 21, 2009, from Scholastic Web site: