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Wampanoag, Pilgrims, & Sun Valley Elementary Oh My!
On Tuesday, November 16, Sun Valley Elementary School students took a virtual field trip to the year 1621 in Plymouth, Massachusetts in a live Webcast sponsored by Scholastic.
Students visited the 17th century farming village built by English colonists in the midst of the Wampanoag homeland. They learned about the Wampanoag natives that inhabited the land long before the Pilgrims arrived.
Pilgrim life and culture was also explored. Comparing and contrasting the Wampanoag and Pilgrims in how they lived, gave thanks, and some of the food that they ate during this historic time period allowed Sun Valley Elementary School students to connect the past and present. Associations were made between our American Thanksgiving holiday and the celebration of thanks during this early time period. At the end of the virtual field trip, students listened to questions from around the country.
â€œThe kids thought it (the Webcast) was â€˜cool,â€™ and they were especially intrigued when they found out it was live,â€ said 5th grade teacher Scott Bryan.
Sun Valley Elementary School, openly embraces this American tradition of giving thanks once a year. Kindergarten teacher Martha Norcrossâ€™s students dress up in Pilgrim and American Indian outfits and sing festive Thanksgiving songs.
Scholastic is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year and continues to help teachers by providing resources and activities that engage kids and connect to the curriculum by offering live webcasts. Webcasts such as the one Sun Valley Elementary School hosted on Tuesday are becoming a tradition at Scholastic and very popular. The virtual field trip to Plimoth Plantation had over 60,000 registrations and Scholastic estimates that more than 1.5 million students participated across the country.
Written by: Mr. Kevin Vickers
Posted: Nov 18, 2010 by Mr. Kevin Vickers