Unit 2 Lesson 15: Jamestown and Pilgrims

Class discussion on the first settlers allowed students to discuss what they were willing to do for religious freedom and to futher appreciate the religious freedom we enjoy in America thanks to the many hardships and sacrifices made in part by the settlers of Jamestown and Plymouth. 

We also saw the value of hard work as we contrasted the successes of both the Jamestown and Plymouth colonies. 

We drew a replica of the Mayflower and will finish labeling it next week

Quote: “All great and honorable actions are accompanied with great difficulties, and both must be enterprised and overcome with answerable courage.” 
― William Bradford

Map work: none

Math: Mad Minute

 Acivity: The kids worked hard and took a lot of notes, so for fun, we made pilgrim hats out of reeses and an oreo cookie.


Next Week: Henry Hudson and the Dutch Colonies. Students will write their own Manhattan Letter and play some Inuit games.


New Book! "Ben and Me", by Lawson

Ever wonder where inventors get their ideas? As it turns out, the great inventor Benjamin Franklin got his best ideas from a mouse named Amos! Funny, interesting and wise, this classic tale has been a favorite for generations. Once you've met Amos and read his account, you'll never think of Ben Franklin-or American history-quite the same way. 
Did you ever wonder where inventors get their ideas? Benjamin Franklin was one of the most famous inventors in American history, and according to this amusing book, he got most of his ideas--the good ones at any rate--from a mouse! Funny, interesting and wise, Ben and Me is a classic American story that has been read by generations of young people. Once you've met Amos the mouse, you'll always remember Benjamin Franklin a little differently than the history books do. 

We will discuss it on March 4.


Abi Cook suffered from a heart murmur as a baby. She taught the class how to tie a simple, yet adorable, fleece blanket like the one she recieved in the hospital. She is going to donate it to a hospital. 

Adam gets to teach next week

Cursive Letter: g


  • Work on your goals!
  • Start reading "Ben and Me"

Scholar History

It was inspiring to learn from Caiden about counting systems. In his family, they use the binary system for putting candles on their Birthday cakes. It was fun to figure out which candles to light.

 Ruby gets to teach next week

  • I am going to spend more time on writing instruction. After taking notes on how to structiure a proper paragraph, students wrote one on what they learned in history last semester. 


  • Start reading "Ben and Me"