Monthly Archives: December 2015

Pilgrim project.

Where in the world do we come from?

Before Thanksgiving break, our class read Molly’s Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen.  Molly was born in Russia. Her pilgrim doll looked like a Russian doll. Which country were you born in? Where did your birth parents, adoptive parents, or grandparents come from? Maybe you left a country and came to the United States of America, or maybe your parents, grandparents, or great-grandparents left their original countries. Think about why you or your ancestors came to the United States.

By now, each student has interviewed a family member or friend about someone who was a “pilgrim”. Share any information, pictures, memories, etc. Write a narrative story from the perspective of the “pilgrim” you interviewed.  Then, like Molly, make a doll that represents the family member (or friend) you interviewed. Be creative!  The project (the writing AND the doll) is due Friday, December 18, 2015. Students will be presenting their dolls and their stories the week of December 21st.

We have already started working on our writing in class, and we will continue working on the writing in class this week (the week of December 7th).  Students should come to school prepared with their project materials.

Please use common materials found around your home to make the doll (paper towel rolls, old clothing, paper, etc.). There is no need to spend a lot of money at Michael’s. Our best dolls have always been made with recycled materials!


Our students were able to visit the Kennedy School Makerspace/Innovation Lab today for the first time.  Read more about the Makerspace, which was launched in partnership with Lesley University, by clicking here. The students were divided into four groups and each group was able to visit two out of four stations.  Every student was engaged and excited.  When we left their first question was, “Can we go back tomorrow?”  Success!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.