Thanksgiving-Themed Virtual Field Trips

November 7th, 2008 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

Take a virtual voyage aboard “The Mayflower” and then take a virtual field trip to Plymouth in 1621.

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Scholastic’s The First Thanksgiving: Voyage on the Mayflower

This Scholastic website offers a virtual tour of a replica of the “Mayflower,” the ship the Pilgrims boarded to sail to America.

When you get to the site, you have a choice of clicking on one of two buttons:

  • Take The Journey – Follow this interactive recreation of the Pilgrim’s voyage from Plymouth in England across the Atlantic ocean, through storms and other perils, to Newfoundland and then to Plimoth in New England. Be sure to turn on your speakers to hear the narration as you watch the presentation.
  • Tour The Ship – The “Mayflower” was a merchant ship. It wasn’t built for passengers. You can imagine what the voyage must have been like for the Pilgrims as you virtually explore the rigging used to tighten sails, the Round House used for navigation, the captain’s cabin, the steerage room, the ship’s main deck, the crew’s quarters or “tween decks”, the forecastle or kitchen, and you can even see the windlass used to draw anchor.

After your tour, scroll down the main page to the “Pilgrim Timeline.” Click on the audio icons to hear a brief historical account of the Pilgrims from 1616 to 1620. You Are The Historian On A Virtual Field Trip to Plymouth

Kids can become virtual historians at this website (courtesy of the Plimoth Plantation people). They discover clues to what really happened at the 1621 Havest Celebration as they travel back in time to visit the Wampanoag people and the English colonists. Fun and educational!


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