Whose Story Is It? The Wampanoag and the Pilgrims

Third graders travel back in time to Early America, immersing themselves in Wampanoag and colonial history and culture. An introduction to the Wampanoag belief in the Circle of Life and appreciation of the natural world frames the expedition. Throughout, students are encouraged to confront stereotypes and to understand the past through multiple perspectives. They interpret the past by examining artifacts, researching primary and secondary sources, and conducting fieldwork at Plimoth Plantation. Students learn about the important role music played in the lives of the Wampanoag, and learn native dances in a workshop conducted by a founding member of the Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers. Final products include a turnaround book that tell about the daily lifeways of Wampanoag boy and a Pilgrim girl, and a historical narrative coloring book.

Grade Level: 3
Subject Matter: Social Studies, ELA, Visual Art, Music

What is history? What are ways that historians learn about the past?
What is a stereotype? How do stereotypes harm us?
How did life long ago in Massachusetts differ from the way we live today?
How does our point of view affect the way we see the world, understand events, and tell stories about the past?


At Plimoth Plantation

Wampanoag music

Kitty Hendricks, a founder of the Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers, teaches students about traditional Wampanoag songs, dances, and musical instruments


Students were guided through building a replica of a wetu by parent Doug Bellow

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