History: Telling a ‘Real’ Story

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Grades K – 1

Students will explore the everyday life of a sailor on a whaleship in its simplest terms. They will sign up as crew onboard the Lagoda and learn the different roles, discover what sailors brought on long voyages, and participate in a sea chantey chorus.

Learning standards will be met, as students:

  • Explore the vocabulary of the time
  • Use rhyme and chant to explore the everyday activities of the American sailor
  • Recognize geometric shapes


Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks addressed in this program:


K.G.1: Describe objects in the environment using names of shapes, and describe the relative positions of these objects using terms such as above, below, beside, in front of, behind and next to.

K.G.2: Correctly name shapes regardless of their orientations or overall size.

K.G.3: Identify shapes as two-dimensional (lying in a plane, "flat") or three dimensional ("solid").

English, Language Arts & Literacy

K.RL.MA.8.A: Identify and respond to characteristics of traditional poetry for children: rhyme; regular beats; and repetiion of sounds, words and phrases.

K.RL.MA.10: Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding.

1.RL.MA.10: With prompting and support, read prose and poetry of appropriate complexity for grade 1.

K.RF.1: Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print.
-a. Follow words from left to right, top to bottom, and page by page.
-b. Recognize that spoken words are represented in written language by specific sequences of letters.
-c. Understand that words are separated by spaces in print

K.RF.2: Demosntrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes)
-a. Recognize and produce rhyming words
-b. Count, pronounce, blend, and segment syllables in spoken words.

1.RF.2: Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes)
-a. Distinguish long from short vowel sounds in spoken single-syllable words
-b. Orally produce single-syllable words by blending sounds (phonemes), including consonant blends

K.SL.1: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about kindergarten topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups
-a. Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others and taking turns speaking about the topics and texts under discussion).

K.SL.3: Ask and answer questios in order to seek help, get informatin, or clarify something that is not understood.

K.SL.6: Speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly

1.SL.1: Participate in collaborative conversatiosn with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
-a. Follw agree-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).
-b. Build on others' talk in conversations by responding to the comments of others through multiple exchanges.
-c. Ask questions to clear up any confusion about the topics and texts under discussion.

1.SL.2. Ask and answer questions about key details in a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.

1.SL.3: Ask and answer questio about what a speakers says in order to gather additional information or clarify something that is not understood.

1.SL.4: Describe people, places, things, and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly.

K.L.1: Demosntrate command of the conventiosn of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
-c. Form regular plural nouns orally by adding /s/ or /es/ (e.g., dog, dogs, wish, wishes)
-d. Understand and use question words (interrogatives) (e.g., who, what, where, when, why, how)

1.L.1. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and uage when writing or speaking.
-c. Use singular and plural nouns with matching verbs in basic sentences
-f. Use frequently occuring adjectives


History and Geography (Kindergarten)
1. Identify sequential actions, such as first, next, last, in stories and use them to describe personal experiences. (H)

2. Use correctly words and phrases related to chronology and time (now, long ago, before, after; morning, afternoon, night; today, tomorrow, yesterday; last or next week, month, year; and present, past, and future tenses of verbs). (H)

3. Use correctly the word because in the context of stories or personal experiences. (H)

4. Use correctly words and phrases that indicate location and direction, such as up, down, near, far, left, right, straight, back, behind, and in front of. (G)

PreK-K.8 Give examples of different kinds of jobs that people do, including the work they do at home. (E)


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Last modified: December 9, 2011