Monday, October 19, 2009
The Plimoth Plantation Museum in Plymouth, Mass., created this awarding winning site in 2003 and it still ROCKS! I have used it with very young children - kindergarten and 12 year old +(PLUS). There is a comprehensive teacher guide on the site. The site gets busy as the holiday approaches November 26th (2009), so if you need there is the capability to download the entire site (an external hard disk will be need - ask your technology person for assistance) so you don't need to be connected to the Internet and it still may be viewed.
The History Channel has more information that adds to the interesting information such as a menu of what may have been offered for their celebration. Perhaps a discussion may ensue as to why ham may not have been put on the menu. Were they smoking and preserving hams for the winter? The early settlers had to learn to adapt to their new surroundings and the native Americans were helpful to them. Do you know how?
Beginnings...the Canadian, SFU Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology created a website, A Journey into Time Immemorial, both cultures-Canadians and Americans lived near the shore, compare the lifestyles of the two, how are they similar? Or different? How was a woolly dog integrated into their lives and how was it useful? These and other parallels of the evolution of cultures may be found on this website.
Please take the time to review these sites, use the whole site or parts that work for your students and you. Let us know what you think.