Lesson #4

Lesson Topic/Subject: Who Were/Are the "Pilgrims?"
Grade Level: Third Grade
Teacher of Lesson: Cari Schaffer


  1. Students will look at who the "Thanksgiving Pilgrims" were and why they left their land.
  2. Students will be exposed to their journey, looking at their route through the seas as well as the set-up of their ship.
  3. Students will learn of the colony of Plymouth, it's layout and what it consisted of.
  4. Students will understand what the word pilgrim really means.
  5. Students will become aware that Pilgrims still exist today.
  1. Three Young Pilgrims, Cheryl Harness
  2. Molly's Pilgrim, Barbara Cohen
  3. Carpet area
  1. Gather students on the carpet area where they will be comfortable, yet still positioned suitably for discussion.
  2. Ask students about what they already know about Pilgrims. What is a Pilgrim? Why did they come to a new land? How did they come over? What did they do once they got here? Most likely, the students will tell you these things without being asked.
  3. Read Three Young Pilgrims aloud to the class.
  4. As you encounter every brightly colored page, explore with the children about the maps, the routes, the Mayflower and it's structure, the colony of Plymouth and its layout, the timeline, other things occurring at the same time around the world, who the saints were and what their names and clothes were like, who the strangers were and what their lifestyles were like, and finally who the Indians were and all about them. All this is literally spelled out in this book, pictorially as well as verbally. Make the reading into a discussion with as many comments from the students as possible.
  5. Next tell the class that there is something else they need to know about the word "pilgrim."
  6. Read aloud to the class Molly's Piligram.
  7. After reading this book, discuss with the class how their views of pilgrims may have changed. What do both books say about pilgrims? What really is a pilgrim?
  8. Close the discussion by telling students that Pilgrims are still around today and are just people who leave their homes to travel to new land for religious freedom.

After exploring Three Young Pilgrims, did students learn:

1. who the Pilgrims were and why they left their land
2. about their journey, their route, and their ship and
3. about the colony of Plymouth and it's layout and structure?
After the reading of Molly's Pilgrim did students learn:
4. what a Pilgrim really is and what the word means and
5. that Pilgrims still exist today?
Refer to the discussion for the evaluations.
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