Pilgrims Day 3: Plimoth Plantation

Plimoth Plantation

Today we learned about what it was like in the Pilgrims tiny village known as Plimoth Plantation.


  • The Story of the Pilgrims by Katharine Ross
  • If You Sailed on The Mayflower in 1620 by Ann McGovern pgs. 31-?
  • Stories of the Pilgrims by Margaret B. Pumphrey pgs.129-133
  • A Beka Our America (pg. 80-83)

Discuss: They were very brave but winter were coming. Over half of the Pilgrims died that first winter of sickness and hunger. In the spring they met Indians who helped them plant seeds for food. The Pilgrims believed that the seventh day was a day of rest to praise the Lord. If you were a pilgrim you would be resting on that day. It is the Sabbath. You would have prepared your meals the day before so that you could observe the Lord’s Day. Captain Myles Standish was in charge of defending the settlement. John Carver was the first governor of Plymouth. William Bradford later served as governor of Plymouth for 33 years. William Brewster was their religious leader.


Comprehension Questions:

  1. Why did over half of the Pilgrims die that first winter? Because of sickness and hunger
  2. Who helped the Pilgrims in America? Indians
  3. Why do you think the Pilgrims were very brave?
  4. What is the Sabbath day? Sunday, a day to praise the Lord

Where was Plimoth Plantation

We used the Where was Plimoth Plantation page to make a little flap book.Pilgrims Study (73) Pilgrims Study (74)

Target Practice

We used page 70 of Colonial Kids by Laurie Carlson to play a game of Target Practice like the Pilgrims played.  We used 2 liter soda bottles and some rolled up socks. Pilgrims Study (64) Pilgrims Study (65) Pilgrims Study (66) Pilgrims Study (68)Pilgrims Study (69)

Paper Plate Pilgrims


  • Large paper plate
  • Small paper plate
  • Beige paint
  • Paint brush
  • Construction paper
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Crayons


  1. Paint the small paper plate beige (we only had a light brown color) and put aside to dry. Pilgrims Study (59)
  1. While the paint dries, cut out a hat and collar from black construction paper.
  2. Cut a buckle piece from yellow paper for the hat and a white strip for the hat as well.Pilgrims Study (58)
  3. Glue the pieces of the pilgrim hat together.Pilgrims Study (60)
  4. Cut a paper plate wedge from large paper plate for the collar. Pilgrims Study (61) Pilgrims Study (62)
  5. Cut and glue a black wedge piece to the paper plate wedge piece, and then glue it to the bottom back of the beige paper plate. Pilgrims Study (63)
  6. Cut out and glue the brown hair to the top of the beige paper plate.
  7. Glue the hat to the top of the beige paper plate, overlapping the hair. Pilgrims Study (70)
  8. Use crayons to draw on the face for your Pilgrim boy.Pilgrims Study (71) Pilgrims Study (72)

Draw a Pilgrim House

We used pages 56-57 in Draw. Write. Now. Book 3 by Marie Hablitzel and Kim Stitzer to draw our Pilgrim houses.Pilgrims Study (81)

Pilgrim Log Cabin

Discuss:  The Pilgrims actually made clapboard houses.  The log cabins weren’t built until much later, but this was a fun activity for J anyway.


  • Pretzel Sticks
  • Pretzel Rods
  • Chocolate Frosting


  1. Use the pretzels to build up a log cabin looking building.
  2. Use the frosting to hold the pretzels together.
  3. Break apart the pretzels to fit together how you want them. Pilgrims Study (75) Pilgrims Study (76) Pilgrims Study (78) Pilgrims Study (79) Pilgrims Study (80)

Johnnycakes (Journey Cakes)


  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons lard , melted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups yellow cornmeal
  • Butter
  • Maple syrup

1. In bowl mix eggs, water, milk, lard and salt.

  1. Stir in the cornmeal.Pilgrims Study (55)
  2. Stir well before making each johnnycake
  3. For each cake, place 1/4 cup batter on a hot, well greased griddle, spreading to 1/4 inch thick.
  4. Cook until golden, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Pilgrims Study (56)
  5. Serve warm with butter and syrup.Pilgrims Study (57)

These didn’t taste all the great.  J asked if we could not make them ever again!

Pilgrim Unit Study

Day 1: The Separatists

Day 2: The Mayflower

Day 3: Plimouth Plantation

Day 4: Wampanoag & Squanto

Day 5:  The First Thanksgiving

Day 6:  The Colonists

Day 7:  Colonial Schools