Room 2 -BOATS - the next step - very shortly afterwards



As time went by, people wanted to travel farther and faster. They got tired when they walked. When they could, they decided to travel on water. At first, they made simple rafts by tying logs together.

Later, they used logs which they burned and then dug out to make canoes. Here is a picture of a Native American taken at Plimoth Plantation burning a log to make a canoe.

Visit Plimoth Plantation and find out how they made canoes and what a mishoon is.

Later they learned how to make canoes from bark. We do not know who was the first person to discover how to make a raft or a canoe or a boat.

We do not have old rafts or canoes to look at. Can you think why not?


All these boats had to be pushed or pulled by people using poles, paddles or oars. It was hard work.


Activity - Given a 8-1/2 by 11 piece of paper, make a craft that will float in a tub of water.

Activity - Teacher draws "canoes" on floor with chalk. Students choose groups of four and they sit in a line and practice paddling for 5 minutes. Students can use arms to paddle or sticks or bats. They can't stop and they can't get up and they can't move out of position. Discuss - how did you feel, was this easy or hard - make a T chart listing the pros and cons of traveling by canoe.