CBS- American Village
Second graders visit American Village.
The second graders of Cherokee Bend visited the American Village in Montavallo, where they learned about the Pilgrims. The students toured the grounds of the American Village with curators and actors dressed in era appropriate attire. The children discovered the conditions the Pilgrims faced on board the Mayflower including the need to eat citrus fruit to avoid scurvy.
The second graders also became familiar with the hardships Pilgrims endured in the New World and the importance of the Pilgrims’ willingness to barter with the Native American Narragansett tribe, who inhabited the area where the Pilgrims first settled.
The children met the Narragansett’s Chief, bestowed gifts upon him and received his blessing. Afterwards, the students engaged in games similar to those played by the Pilgrim children. Then, the second graders learned of the types of foods at the first Thanksgiving. Lastly, the children had a picnic lunch before returning to school.