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Impact II: Projects & Lesson Plans: Plymouth Colony—Beyond the Turkey

Plymouth Colony—Beyond the Turkey

HOW IT WORKS
Plymouth Colony—Beyond the Turkey is an interdisciplinary program incorporating art, language arts, social studies, and technology to create an understanding of the historical concepts surrounding the formation of Plymouth Colony. Students become familiar with the lives of the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag of Southern New England by taking on the perspective of actual historical persons. They use a variety of resources including, but not limited to, books, the Internet, primary resources, community experts, trips, and artifacts. At the heart of the study are the student-created journals and role-playing activities that give students the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the lifestyle and culture of 1620s colonization. Students identify with their characters through a historical fiction chapter-length Read Aloud (The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple by Kathryn Lasky) as well as by building a replica of the original Plymouth Plantation . In building the plantation, students are broken up into cooperative groups based on points of interest (landscape, fields and animals, houses, and the common house and gardens group.) These groups work together to research the architecture and the materials used at that time as well as the livestock, crops, and terrain. Through intergroup discussions and found materials, they bring the village to life! 

THE STUDENTS
Class size can range from 25-32 students. This program is appropriate for a diverse learning  population and can be adapted to suit the needs of your students. 

THE STAFF
Ilana Dogim has been teaching the fourth grade for three years, and has also taught the fifth and sixth grade. She has served as a grade leader and was responsible for organizing grade-wide trips as well as meeting with administration to facilitate the needs of the other fourth-grade teachers. In addition, she has collaborated with colleagues in piloting new methods of assessment and creating original curriculum. Ilana participates in both Project Math and Project Read, where she provides intervention for at-risk students. 

Colleen Cruz has taught the fourth grade for five years, and has served  as a  math grade leader for three of those years. She has been a principal writer on citywide curriculums for both Language Arts and Science, and was involved with the assessment piloting program with Ilana as well as creating original curriculum. Colleen was a member of a leadership group at Teachers College/Columbia University and continues to be involved with the Reading and Writing Project. She also works with at-risk students in both Project Math and Project Read. 

Both Ilana and Colleen have been teaching this curriculum in their classrooms for the past two years. 

WHAT YOU NEED
This program requires eight to ten weeks, meeting three to four class periods each week. Primary resources connected to the time period, as well as trade books, artifacts, and building materials for the village re-creation are necessary.  A computer with Internet access is helpful
but not necessary. 

OVERALL VALUE
The students learn the underlying dynamics in building a community and the philosophies that were instrumental in the creation of our country. They practice their cooperative learning skills while gaining insight into the struggles of actual historical figures. The students are also able to juxtapose two very different cultures and study the evolution of their relationship. This program fulfills New York State Standards for American History, and also fulfils Language Arts Standards in the creation of narrative writing.

 

View the Curriculum Unit/Dissemination Packet

CURRICULUM AREAS
Social Studies
Art
Language Arts
Technology

GRADES
Grade 3-6

MORE INFORMATION

Ilana Dogim
and
Colleen Cruz



William Penn
P.S.321
180 7th Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Phone: (718) 330-9395
Fax: (718) 965-9605
idogim@aol.com
sirmilk@aol.com
Principal: 
Elizabeth Phillips

 

IMPACT II Catalog 2001-2002

 

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