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How It All Started!

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  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: Kelli McClain
Organization:University of North Alabama
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 604
Title:
How It All Started!
Digital Tool/Resource:
Interactive Tool for The First Thanksgiving
Web Address – URL:
Overview:

This interactive tool provides videos of the pilgrims embarking on their first journey.  Students can explore the experiences and historical significance of the pilgrim's voyage, settlement, and first harvest celebration.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 4
Alabama Studies
2 ) Relate reasons for European exploration and settlement in Alabama to the impact of European explorers on trade, health, and land expansion in Alabama.

•  Locating on maps European settlements in early Alabama, including Fort Condé, Fort Toulouse, and Fort Mims
•  Tracing on maps and globes, the routes of early explorers of the New World, including Juan Ponce de León, Hernando de Soto, and Vasco Núñez de Balboa
•  Explaining reasons for conflicts between Europeans and American Indians in Alabama from 1519 to 1840, including differing beliefs regarding land ownership, religion, and culture
Unpacked Content
Strand: Economics, Geography, History, Civics and Government
Course Title: Alabama Studies (Alabama)
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • Locate on maps European settlements in early Alabama, including Fort Condé, Fort Toulouse, and Fort Mims.
  • Trace on maps and globes, the routes of early explorers of the New World, including Juan Ponce de León, Hernando de Soto, and Vasco Núñez de Balboa.
  • Explain reasons for conflicts between Europeans and American Indians in Alabama from 1519 to 1840, including differing beliefs regarding land ownership, religion, and culture.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • settlement
  • European exploration
  • culture
  • expansion
  • trade (barter)
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • The location, purpose, and importance of European settlements including Fort Conde, Fort Toulouse, and Fort Mims in early Alabama.
  • The routes taken by early explorers including Juan Ponce de León, Hernando de Soto, and Vasco Núñez de Balboa.
  • Reasons for conflicts between Europeans and American Indians in Alabama from 1519 to 1840, including differing beliefs regarding land ownership, religion, and culture.
Skills:
The students will be able to:
  • Explain the impact of European explorers on trade, health, and land expansion in Alabama.
  • Locate on maps European settlements in early Alabama, including Fort Condé, Fort Toulouse, and Fort Mims.
  • Trace on maps and globes, the routes of early explorers of the New World, including Juan Ponce de León, Hernando de Soto, and Vasco Núñez de Balboa.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • There were specific reasons Europeans began exploring and settling in Alabama and this impacted existing settlements in Alabama.
Alabama Archives Resources:
Click below to access all Alabama Archives resources aligned to this standard.

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SS.AAS.4.2- Using maps, demonstrate an understanding that people from Europe explored and settled in Alabama.


Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 5
United States Studies: Beginnings to the Industrial Revolution
4 ) Determine the economic and cultural impact of European exploration during the Age of Discovery upon European society and American Indians.

•  Identifying significant early European patrons, explorers, and their countries of origin, including early settlements in the New World
Examples: patrons—King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella

explorers—Christopher Columbus

early settlements—St. Augustine, Quebec, Jamestown

•  Tracing the development and impact of the Columbian Exchange
Unpacked Content
Strand: Economics, Geography, History, Civics and Government
Course Title: United States Studies: Beginnings to the Industrial Revolution
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • Identify the economic and cultural impact of European exploration during the Age of Discovery upon European society and American Indians.
  • Identify significant early European patrons and explorers, as well as the early settlements in the New World.
  • Trace the development and impact of the Columbian Exchange.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • economic impact
  • cultural impact
  • Age of Discovery
  • patrons (King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella)
  • explorers (Christopher Columbus, Ponce de Leon, Hernando de Soto)
  • early settlements (St. Augustine, Quebec, Jamestown)
  • Columbian Exchange
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • The economic and cultural impacts on European society and American Indians by European exploration during the Age of Discovery.
  • The significant early patrons and explorers.
  • The development and impact of the Columbian Exchange.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • Identify the geography of North America.
  • Discuss the discoveries of Columbus and the exploration and conquests of Pizarro and Cortes.
  • Explain the economic and cultural impact of European exploration during the Age of Discovery upon European society and American Indians.
  • Identify significant early European patrons, explorers, and their country of origin.
  • Locate significant early European settlements in the New World.
  • Map the Columbian exchange.
  • Explain how science, technology, and economic factors have developed, changed and affected societies throughout history.
  • Explain how religious and philosophical ideas have been powerful forces throughout history.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • European exploration connected the old world to the new world creating both positive and negative changes across the globe.
Alabama Archives Resources:
Click below to access all Alabama Archives resources aligned to this standard.

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SS.AAS.5.4- Locate North America and Europe on a world map to illustrate journey; identify primary early European explorers, including Columbus, De Soto, and Magellan; recognize that European explorers sailed to America for economic, religious, and personal gain.


Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 5
United States Studies: Beginnings to the Industrial Revolution
5 ) Explain the early colonization of North America and reasons for settlement in the Northern, Middle, and Southern colonies, including geographic features, landforms, and differences in climate among the colonies.

•  Recognizing how colonial development was influenced by the desire for religious freedom
Example: development in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, and Maryland colonies

•  Identifying influential leaders in colonial society
•  Describing emerging colonial government
Examples: Mayflower Compact, representative government, town meetings, rule of law

Unpacked Content
Strand: Economics, Geography, History, Civics and Government
Course Title: United States Studies: Beginnings to the Industrial Revolution
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • Explain the reasons for settlement and early colonization of North America in the Northern, Middle, and Southern colonies.
  • Describe the influence of prominent leaders in colonial society.
  • Describe the characteristics of the emerging colonial governments and the lasting effects.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • colonization
  • representative government
  • geographic features
  • rule of law
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • The location of the various colonies was based upon many factors such as geographic location, landforms, and climate. Colonial development was often influenced by the desire for religious freedom.
  • Many distinguishing factors of colonial governments continue to influence the development of the United States.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • Locate colonies on a physical and political map.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • That a variety of geographic, religious, and socio-political factors influenced the location of the various colonial settlements.
  • The emerging colonial governments had lasting effects still evident today.
Alabama Archives Resources:
Click below to access all Alabama Archives resources aligned to this standard.

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SS.AAS.5.5- Classify the American colonies into three regions, each with distinct climates and natural resources (South: farming, warm climate, Middle: farming, trading, moderate climate, New England: subsistence farming, trade, shipbuilding, cold climate); recognize characteristics of early colonial life in North America.


Learning Objectives:

Students will be able to: 

  • Explain the early colonization of North America and reasons for settlement in the Northern, Middle, and Southern colonies, including geographic features, landforms, and differences in climate among the colonies
  • Determine the economic and cultural impact of European exploration during the Age of Discovery upon European Society and American Indians
  • Explaining reasons for conflicts between Europeans and American Indians in Alabama from 1519 to 1840, including differing beliefs regarding land ownership, religion, and culture
  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  
Phase:
Before/Engage
Activity:

  1. Explain to the students that the clip was taken from a movie. Historians helped produce the scene, so the reenactment is very close to what the actual days would have been like. 
  2. The students will watch the videos to explore and analyze information on the Mayflower, Pilgrims, Plymouth colony, Wampanoags, and the first Thanksgiving.  The students should take notes during the video.
  3. Divide the students in small groups to discuss and analyze information they learned from the video.
  4. After students have finished their group discussions, have them write about what they learned from the video and from their group discussions on the Mayflower, Pilgrims, Plymouth colony, Wampanoags, and the first Thanksgiving in the form a journal entry (or an essay). 

 

Assessment Strategies:

The teacher will review the students' journal entries to assess their comprehension of the first Thanksgiving.   


Advanced Preparation:

The teacher should review the video prior to the lesson.

The teacher will need access to the Internet and projector in order to display the video.

The teacher should predetermine small groups for discussion period.

 

Variation Tips (optional):

The teacher could prepare a question set to check for understanding of the first Thanksgiving.

Notes or Recommendations (optional):
 
  Keywords and Search Tags  
Keywords and Search Tags: pilgrims, Thanksgiving