plan idea could be used a variety of subject areas. I
have chosen to use it to introduce a significant
historical individual that has to do with Thanksgiving.
You may choose to do it with Squanto, Somoset, William
Making your time
machine out of a refrigerator box is easy. Make a dial,
marked with an appropriate time scale, and an arrow you
can move from "today" back to whatever year youíre
discussing and cut a door in it (see
model and directions here).
Have a guest to the classroom dress up as a significant
historical figure (this could be fun if it was your
principal or one of their parents or someone) and provide
them with information about the life of that significant
historical person that they can study before they come
into your class. Have the time machine in the hallway,
and you just have the person enter the time machine
before you bring it into your class. That way, when you
move the dial to the appropriate year, theyíre
prepared to step right out and give your kids a fun
Begin by telling
your students that you created the most amazing thing
last night-- a time machine! Tell them that you thought
it would be fun to try it out with them and see how it
works. Bring in the time machine from the hall and set
the dial back to the desired year (when this person lived
or when something significant happened with them). Open
the door and let your guest step out. You may have your
guest look confused at their surroundings and tell the
story of the person theyíre dressed as. You can
have time for your students to ask your guest questions
and come to know this person.
- A refrigerator box
- Other fixinís for your
time machine (your time dial, maybe some
- An appropriate costume for your
- Information about the
individual youíre introducing (some sources are
A Biography of William Bradford.
Quick summary of facts about William Bradford.
Brief summary of the life of William Bradford.
This article is refuting a "historical account" of the
First Thanksgiving and Squanto's story. It is,
however, a great resource for finding out what really did
happen to Squanto.