While the rest of the school was on a field trip to the BYU Basketball game, the first grade and kindergarten had the whole school to themselves. The first grade had a very fun and eventful day to say the least. We tried our best to make the day both educational and fun by teaching students what life was really like back in 1620. In the morning, the whole first grade dressed as pilgrims, and each class rotated to each first grade teacher. During one rotation the students learned about life on the Mayflower, and then they raced ships. In another rotation they were educated about how Squanto taught the pilgrims that putting a fish in the ground when planting food would help fertilize the soil, and then they made pudding cups. In the last rotation they learned about how Pilgrims had to worship in secret, and then they played a hide-and-seek and four corners game.
After lunch, students dressed as Indians, and each class rotated once again to each first grade teacher. In one rotation students learned about making butter, and then they got to make butter of their own and spread it on crackers. In another rotation the students learned how the Indians used a bow and arrow to hunt, and then they practiced shooting arrows (foam pool noodles). In the last rotation the students learned about the different jobs which Pilgrim children did, such as shelling corn, digging for clams and mussels, and throwing rocks at predators when watching the corn field. Then students dug for shells and put them on string, along with noodles, to make a necklace. The last 30 minutes of the day the whole first grade gathered in the gym for a Thanksgiving feast. Before eating, all the first grade students sang a Native American song, and we had a moment to think about all the things we are grateful for. The students LOVED their meal. We thank all the parents who volunteered to help the day run smoothly.