Sailing into Thanksgiving

by  The Mariners' Museum

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Leaving England for the New World, the Pilgrims sailed across the ocean on their small ship the Mayflower. Join us in learning about life on board the Mayflower and how the ship moved. Students will also explore Pilgrim life in America and what inspired them to celebrate the first Thanksgiving. Throughout the program, student will make a story bracelet so they will be able to tell other about the pilgrims and the history of this holiday.

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About This Program


Point to Point: $125.00
Point to Point Premium: $125.00
By Request: $125.00
By Request Premium: $125.00

Due to the interactive nature of this program and the cost for supplies, we request no more than 30 students participate in each session. If more than 30 students will participate, we must charge an additional $25 for up to 25 additional students. For example, up to 30 students - $125; 30 - 55 students - $150; 56 - 80 students - $175. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


45 minutes depending on student questions

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2

Minimum participants:

no minimum

Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

Booking Information

Please book early for programs in November; this program fills up very quickly around Thanksgiving.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

We will not charge for programs cancelled due to nature i.e. snow days. Please cancel as soon as you know you must.

About This Provider

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The Mariners' Museum

Newport News, VA
United States

The Mariners’ Museum is located in Newport News, Virginia, but our educational reach extends far beyond our physical doors. Just as Man has used the sea to journey around the world for thousands of years, The Mariners’ now uses Interactive Videoconferencing to offer programming to schools across the country and around the globe.
The Mariners' Museum, one of the largest and most comprehensive maritime history museums in the world, houses a treasure trove of more than 35,000 items inspired by human experiences with the sea.

Harriet Smith

Program Details


1. This program begins with a discussion about who the Pilgrims were.
2. The discussion moves on to what the ship, the Mayflower, was like.
3. The students then learn about what life was like aboard ship for the children.
4. The students will learn about what the Pilgrims found when they landed, who they met, and what they did.


Students will understand why the Pilgrims wanted to come to America.

Students will be able to describe the ships of the 17th century, particularly the Mayflower.

Students will be able to describe life aboard for the children on the Mayflower.

Students will be able to explain the reasons for the first Thanksgiving celebration.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

NSS-USH.K-4.1Understands family life now and in the past, and family life in various places long ago
Understands the history of the local community and how communities in North America varied long ago

Understands how democratic values came to be, and how they have been exemplified by people, events, and symbols
Understands the causes and nature of movements of large groups of people into and within the United States, now and long ago
Understands the folklore and other cultural contributions from various regions of the United States and how they helped to form a national heritage

State Standards


History and Social Science: K.1, K.2, K.3, K.4