Third Grade Goes Way Back

On Monday, November 19th, 3rd graders traveled back in time to 1627 on a visit to Plimoth Plantation as part of their “Way Back When” Expedition, comparing and contrasting the lives and experiences of the Wampanoag native people and the Pilgrims.  The students conducted fieldwork at this living history museum where they explored recreations of a 17th-century Wampanoag homesite and a Pilgrim farming and maritime village.

Plimoth Plantation Wetu

Our students crowded into a large, winter Wampanoag home, or wetu, a structure that would house three large families back in the early part of the 20th century.  All the staff at the Wampanoag homesite are Native people wearing traditional dress and demonstrating and describing Native practices as they would have been during colonial times and up through the early 20th century.


With the keen eyes of historians, students recorded their observations, questions, and notes in fieldwork journals, comparing Wampanoag homes with Pilgrim homes.  They learned that Native people only had access to fresh vegetables in the summer and fall when they could be harvested and only ate meat in the fall and winter because the animals they hunted might have fleas or ticks in the warmer weather. In the Pilgrim 17th Century English Village, they met farmers harvesting and mothers sewing dolls, actors portraying actual residents of Plymouth County in 1627.


At the end of the visit, students saw rows of turkeys and platters of corn bread, preparations for a dinner to be served to 4000 people. Plimoth Plantation is a great place to both learn and eat at Thanksgiving time!