You are the Historian

Empowered Learner
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Overview‚Äč

Students use clues to investigate the first Thanksgiving on this interactive website called You are the Historian

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Be able to read, watch short videos or have sections read to them as they interact and learn about the history of the First Thanksgiving and the Wampanoag Indians and the English Colonists.

Vocabulary

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Historian: A historian is an expert in history, especially that of a particular period, geographical region.
  2. Fact: A fact is a thing that is known or proved to be true.
  3. Myth: A myth is a misrepresentation of the truth.
  4. Wampanoag: The Wampanoags are a Native American tribe that lived in Southeastern Massachusetts between Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island to the western end of Cape Cod, including the islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard.
  5. English Colonists: The English Colonists are people who settled Plymouth in the 1620s are generally called the Pilgrims.

Pre-planning

To prepare for this lesson:

  • The teacher should preview the website and the activities asked of students.
  • Flash will have to be enabled on student machines for the application to work. 
  • Preview the teacher’s guide.
  • Introduce vocabulary to the students.

Note

  • This activity requires reading. The teacher may want to pair students that struggle with reading.
  • This is a high-interest activity especially during the month of November.

Accommodations

See Accommodations Page and Charts on the 21things4students.net site in the Teacher Resources. 

Steps

Directions for this activity:

  1. Students log onto the website and watch the introduction.

  2. Students read and interact with the pages that are introduced to them.

  3. The activity walks the student through each section.

Assessment Options

Different options for assessing the students:

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding
  • Students create their own presentations on the First Thanksgiving.
  • The teacher creates exit tickets with facts and details on the First Thanksgiving.
  • Have a class discussion.
  • The Teacher creates or locates a Kahoot on The First Thanksgiving.

MITECS Competencies & ISTE Standards

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Empowered Learner 
1a. Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.
1b. Students build networks and customize their learning environments in ways that support the learning process.
1c. Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
1d. Students understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies.

Devices and Resources

Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad

Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL

App, Extension, or Add-on:

Websites:
You are the Historian Website

 

CONTENT AREA RESOURCES

ELA

Write an informational piece on The First Thanksgiving.

Integrated Arts

The students create posters of what was learned.

Social Studies

Students locate on a map where the activities took place. 

Credits
This task card was created by Julie Hoehing, Lake Shore Public Schools, February 2020.