It’s easy to find all sorts of fictional stories to share with your students, but finding age-appropriate non-fiction that you can share, sometimes proves more difficult.
If you ask a young child to point to the home of a Native American, they will likely pick out the teepee, which is OK, if you’re studying certain tribes of the Plains, but not so, for the Wampanoag tribe that the Pilgrims made friends with, as they lived in huts.
It’s important to make sure that your students are aware of the difference between fiction and non-fiction. Real photographs can help, which is why I took a lot of pictures on a recent trip to Massachusetts, and made them into packets that you can share with your kiddos.
There are photographs of Plymouth Rock, the Mayflower II, Plimoth Plantation, and a Wampanoag village.
Rock, Plimoth Plantation, and the Mayflower II
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Pick and choose which are appropriate, print them off and tuck them into whatever fictional story you are reading, so that you can take them out and share. You could also use them to make a bulletin board or slide show.