See the entire Molly's Pilgrim lesson/project by downloading the preview. Students love this project and it's not just for Thanksgiving. This item is also part of a Holiday Celebration Bundle.
Read aloud and discuss the story Molly's Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen. The book lends itself to an understanding of immigration, acceptance of other cultures, and an appreciation of diversity.
Students are given a clothespin and asked to create a Pilgrim doll reflecting their own family heritage. (Those students who are Native American create dolls and share information based on their family heritage.) Students are also required to complete two worksheets asking them to share interesting family history, draw a flag of the country their ancestors immigrated from, briefly discuss flag symbols and colors, and illustrate a setting that is historically accurate.
It's fun to map and graph the countries students' families have immigrated from. You will literally hear the big "aha!"
These dolls are very impressive when showcased on a bulletin board.
This item includes:
-A parent letter with a story summary and very specific student directions
-The Family Heritage student worksheets (2)
-A brief history and a photo of the Statue of Liberty along with the Statue's famous quote - encouraging discussion and critical thinking
-A student comprehension guide for after the completion of the project addressing a greater depth of knowledge and the application of student learning
-A bulletin board sign and lettering
You provide a due date and a teacher signature. Reproduce the worksheets, attach a clothespin, and you're all set.
Another fun lesson with a focus on diversity is The Big Orange Splot.
You might also be interested in a lesson about the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. "I Have A Dream."
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