Lesson Plan Title : Moving to a New Land

Age Range: Grade 6 through grade 8 (Middle School)

Overview and Purpose: Moving to a new place is always stressful and difficult. In this lesson, students consider all the Pilgrims had to do and what they chose to give up when they began a new life in America.

Objective: The student will be able to explain the difficult choices the Pilgrims had to make when they were deciding whether to move to America.


Internet access for students

Blank paper


Divide students into groups of three. Have them create a web showing the things the Pilgrims had to consider when they were deciding if they would move to America. If students are having trouble getting started, prompt them to think about the things in their lives: housing, friends, and jobs.

Sample Web:

Moving Concept Web

Wrap Up:

This project could become very involved and last several days. Students can continue the activity by researching solutions to the questions and concerns they posed.