Incongruous is the notion of witnessing The First Thanksgiving at Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth MA via webcast. That is exactly what close to a million of our nation’s children (30,000 classrooms) will be doing on November 16 at 1 p.m. All I can say is—how very cool.
As a kid, I loved the Thanksgiving story. I clearly remember the pleasure of being handed Scholastic coloring sheets (I believe they were mimeographs, not photocopies back then)with pictures of pilgrims with big hats and large buckles on their shoes just ready to be colored in. I hung on every word of the Thanksgiving Story as told by the nuns imagining the colors of the leaves and the cold wind in the mornings as the pilgrims arose from slumber. It was never enough for me. I was thrilled to hear that teachers, librarians, parents and anyone who loves the Thanksgiving holiday can register online for the webcast and give their students the chance to take a live, virtual field trip with the chance to interact with authorities in 17th-century Colonial and Wampanoag history— and for free, no less. So this year, tell your students to put their crayons away. Get your classroom projector fired up for a big screen experience and get your students ready to ask questions, answer polls and interact with the role players. It should make for a much more engaging Thanksgiving lesson. Register here.