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William Penn and Thirteen Colonies Lesson

Updated on November 4, 2014
William Penn Image Credit: http://www.johnnygoodtimes.com/
William Penn Image Credit: http://www.johnnygoodtimes.com/

This is part 4 of a 4 part hands-on unit study on Early American Settlers. Cook a batch of Dutch applesauce, match up the Thirteen Colonies, and make costumes to prepare for the Thanksgiving Presentation. My lessons are geared toward 2nd-3rd grade level children and their siblings. These are lessons I created to do with a weekly homeschool co-op. We meet each week for 2 1/2 hours and have 14 children between the ages of 0-12. Use these fun lessons with your class, family, or homeschool co-op group!

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Introduction & William Penn

***Please bring a vegetable peeler per child in order for us to peel apples. Per child please bring a toy hammer or saw, a toy shovel (the type used with a sand bucket), a small towel, blanket, or shawl and a wooden mixing spoon. These will be props for the play. Please bring extras of any of the items if you have them. ***

1. Stretch. Pray.

2. Discuss Proverbs 6:6-9 & sing Psalm 23B (in preparation for the Thanksgiving Performance).

3. Briefly discuss life of William Penn while showing pictures from William Penn: Founder of Pennsylvania by Steven Kroll. (This book is quite boring, but it has decent pictures. As I flipped through the pages, I summarized the information I got on Penn's life from the chapter book my children and I read that week, "William Penn" by Katherine Wilkie.)

4. Show Pennsylvania on map of US & briefly discuss how settlers from various countries settled in Pennsylvania. Show pictures from The Folks in the Valley: A Pennsylvania Dutch ABC by Jim Aylesworth or The Farm: Life in Colonial Pennsylvania by James E. Knight.

Children's Books on William Penn

William Penn: Founder of Pennsylvania (Graphic Biographies)
William Penn: Founder of Pennsylvania (Graphic Biographies)

This was great! It's a historically accurate re-telling of Penn's life using a comic book format. My kids love it!

 
William Penn, friend to all (A Discovery book)
William Penn, friend to all (A Discovery book)

This was our favorite chapter book. It has 88 pages in large print and has drawings every few pages. It is out of print but is worth purchasing.

 
Making Dutch Applesauce
Making Dutch Applesauce

Dutch Applesauce

5. Begin making applesauce:

-Each child will peel an apple. (Do this outside if the weather is nice and the peelings won't attract fire ants.)

-After peeling the apples, two moms will core and slice the apples as the children each put a spoonful of sugar into a pot of water. The children will then each put a few slices of apple into the pot.

-Teacher/Parent #3 will finish slicing the apples and putting them in the pot. She will then boil and then smash the apples as they'll still be pretty hot.

-Recipe:

11 apples

1 cup water

1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoons cinnamon

Peel, core and cut apples into chunks. Put the apples and water in a saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil. Simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, 20-30 minutes or until soft. Stir in sugar and cook until it dissolves. Add cinnamon. Mash until desired consistency.

PARENT/TEACHER 1: YOU WILL NEED: 11 apples, 1/2 c. sugar, 1 tsp. cinnamon, knife, cutting board, cooking pot, mixing spoon

Story Of William Penn, The
Story Of William Penn, The

32 page storybook. I didn't find out about this until after I taught this lesson, so I haven't looked through this book. Try to find it and let me know if it's a worthwhile storybook!

 
William Penn,: Friendly boy (Childhood of famous Americans)
William Penn,: Friendly boy (Childhood of famous Americans)

We also read this book and enjoyed it. If focuses on Penn's childhood and takes events that typically happened around William Penn's time rather than using actual events that occured in his young life. It is a delightful read with drawings every few pages. My son in 2nd grade begged to read more each night. It is out of print but is worth purchasing.

 
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Review Remaining Colonies

6. Quickly summarize various colonies using pictures from The Golden Book History of the United States: Volume 1 by Earl Miers.

7. Hand each child a picture of something related to each of the colonies. (I printed off images from the Internet and put a piece of double-sided tape to the back.) Have them place the pictures on their map. (I used p. 42 from this "Who Settled Where" lesson plan ).

PARENT/TEACHER 2: YOU WILL NEED: 12 copies of 13 Colonies maps and 13 pictures representing each colony (12 sets), double-sided tape

The Golden Book History of the United States Volume 1: The Explorers from 986 to 1701
The Golden Book History of the United States Volume 1: The Explorers from 986 to 1701

This is out of print, but it has great drawings and has American history written in an interesting format from a more historically-conservative perspective! It is worth purchasing.

 
Hostage on the Nighthawk: William Penn (Trailblazer Books #32)
Hostage on the Nighthawk: William Penn (Trailblazer Books #32)

188 pages. Chapter book if you have older children. This is written by Christians and places children in a historical adventure that involves William Penn.

 
Creating stereotypical Native American vests and head bands for the Thanksgiving performance
Creating stereotypical Native American vests and head bands for the Thanksgiving performance

Make Costumes, Snack Time, & Review for Performance

8. Make stereotypical Native American vests and head bands. Cut the bottom 2-inchs from the bottom bag and set aside. This will get used to make the headband. Cut the bottom edge of the vest so it is fringed. Cut paper bag down the front and around the bottom of the bag for the opening and neck area. Cut a hole in each side for the arms. Decorate vest using markers. While children decorate vests, measure their heads, let them select a feather color, and cut and staple their headband and feather using the previously cut 2-inch strip and feather. When they finish decorating their vest, they can decorate their headband. Staple them to fit each child's head.

PARENT/TEACHER 3: YOU WILL NEED: 12 large brown grocery store bags, markers, 12 pairs of scissors, stapler & 12 craft feathers

9. Eat applesauce.

PARENT/TEACHER 4: YOU WILL NEED: 12 disposable cups, spoons, & napkins

10. While children eat applesauce, go over the Thanksgiving Performance (acting out The Pilgrims Are Marching by Carol Greene.)

11. Act out "The Pilgrims Are Marching" using props a couple times to prepare for final performance.

PARENT/TEACHER 4: YOU WILL NEED: 2 pictures of ships (1 labeled Speedwell & 1 labeled Mayflower) each with 2 holes punched and string attached, 1 sign that says "Johnny B" with 2 holes punched and string attached, 12 suitcases/bags, 1 construction paper barrel labeled "Gunpowder" and 1 candle, 12 toy hammers and/or saws, 12 small blankets and/or towels, 1 toy mouse, 12 plastic shovels (the type that go with a sand bucket) and 12 construction paper fish, 2 oars, 12 wooden mixing spoons, 1 large pot, 12 construction paper turkey legs, 1 large sheet of poster board with one side having drawings of houses getting built and the other side showing corn plants

12. Sing Psalm 23B

13. 5 Minute Review of what we learned.

The Pilgrims Are Marching

The Pilgrims Are Marching (Sing-Along Holiday Stories)
The Pilgrims Are Marching (Sing-Along Holiday Stories)

This is the book we used for our Thanksgiving performance. The adventurous Johnny B. and the other Pilgrims sail to America and prepare for the first Thanksgiving, as described in counting verses from one to ten. Try to find it using inner-library loan if you'd like to perform it as well.

 

Looking for the other lessons?

Building a Jamestown-style waddle and daub house during Lesson 1: Jamestown Lesson
Building a Jamestown-style waddle and daub house during Lesson 1: Jamestown Lesson

Build a waddle and daub house like they did in Jamestown, create pilgrim costumes, set up a beaver trading post as you study Dutch settlers, cook a batch of William Penn's applesauce, perform a play on the Pilgrims, eat a semi-authentic Thanksgiving feast, and more during this fun 4 lesson unit study on Early American Settlers.

  • Jamestown Lesson - This is part 1 of a 4 part hands-on unit on America's Early Settlers. Build a waddle and daub house like they did in Jamestown, dress as cavaliers and hunt for gold, cook and taste gruel, and more!
  • Pilgrims Lesson - This is part 2 of a 4 part hands-on unit on America's Early Settlers. Create pilgrim costumes, make stewed pompion (pumpkin), plant corn, and more!
  • Dutch and Swede Settlers of Early America Lesson - This is part 3 of a 4 part hands-on unit on Early American Settlers. Make butter, bake authentic Dutch Christmas cookies, set up a beaver trading post, build log cabins out of craft sticks, and more!
  • William Penn and Thirteen Colonies Lesson - This is part 4 of a 4 part hands-on unit study on Early American Settlers. Cook a batch of Dutch applesauce, match up the Thirteen Colonies, and make costumes to prepare for the Thanksgiving Presentation.
  • Thanksgiving Feast, Children's Play, & Authentic Recipes - This is the end of the unit activity for a 4 week hands-on unit on Early American Settlers. Eat a feast (complete with authentic dishes), perform a fun Thanksgiving play, and sing a Psalm (just as the Pilgrims did for their Thanksgiving feasts). Authentic and semi-authentic recipes are included!

Good Video Clips on William Penn

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Konos Curriculum

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