A note to the teacher:
In the following pages you will find helpful resources in teaching Molly’s Pilgrim. While this can be taught at any point of the year, I have found that it works well around Thanksgiving.
This packet includes a Knowledge Chart (Pre and Post reading), a poem, brief information about Ellis Island, questions that go along with the book. This helps the students follow along keeping in mind the plot and series of events. It also includes opinion questions and opportunities to draw what they read about.
A character trait chart is included as well as a vocabulary sheet and vocabulary matching sheet. I found that it helps to cut out the words as a teacher and show the words to the students almost as flash cards. When we come across the word in the story it gets added to our board. The vocabulary matching sheet is good after all words have been discussed.
The idea is that the students will create their own ‘pilgrim’ based on their own family history. (Please make sure you print the girl and boy cut outs on harder paper so students can decorate without it becoming too flimsy). Instruct the students that they will be making their own pilgrim like Molly. They must choose a side of their family that immigrated to the United States. (This may be parents, grandparents, great grandparents etc). Their task is to design their doll in the clothing that culture typically wears. Part of this assignment is to also ask questions about where their family came from. These are the last pages of this document.
The dolls are incredibly unique and creative and make a great bulletin board or decoration to the classroom during the Thanksgiving season.
* Please note that any or all of these activities can be and should be modified to fit the needs or your classroom*