Do you read ”The Littlest Pilgrim”
by Brandi Dougherty?
I think part of the reason my students enjoy this story so much, is that they truly identify
with Mini, the main character, for they too are young and often feel left out.
Mini is too little to chop wood, bake bread, hunt, build a cabin, or fish. (A nice list of things that the Pilgrims did).
However, she’s not too little to pick berries and make a special Native American friend; which in truth is the very essence of why the Pilgrims survived.
Because of my students’ enthusiasm for the story and their empathetic identification with Mini, I designed 3 quick, easy and fun writing prompt
activities that I think your students will enjoy.
* The first one: “When I was younger I was too little to . . .”
for them to choose from then color.
* The next one is a comparison-contrast
activity, where students complete the prompts: “It’s great being a kid because…”
then compare that with “I look forward to being an adult because…”
Students can choose a boy or girl Pilgrim worksheet
* Finally, a Pilgrim girl bookmark, has children make a list of words (character traits
) that describe Mini.
The activities are different enough so that you can do all three, or give children a choice of the top two, then build vocabulary
and practice descriptive character traits, as a whole group
Besides the black & white patterns
for students, I’ve also included full color templates
, so that you can quickly and easily make a sample to share. My finished examples are also included.
To practice "text to self"
we discuss times in our lives that we felt just like Mini.
Completed projects make a sweet bulletin board
. I’ve included 2 posters
for the center of your display.
I’m Diane from Teach With Me wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving, where we’re neither too young or old to celebrate family and friends.
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