Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Across the Wide Dark Sea: The Mayflower Journey

 This week in Mrs. Ranney's class,
we are studying the story Across the Wide Dark Sea:
The Mayflower Journey by Jean Van Leeuwen

 The story is told from the point of view of a small boy who sets sail with his father set sail from England in 1620.  They journey on the Mayflower, which carried nearly 100 passengers across the ocean, to a new life.

 The author tells how this small group of immigrants faced the unknown terrors of a strange new country. Actual records written by one of the Mayflower's passengers were used in writing the book.

It is possible today to visit Plimoth Plantation in 
Massachusetts, so you can experience Pilgrim life!

Here is a link to the website for 


Do some research on the website or on 

Share some facts that you learned about the voyage of the Mayflower
or about the life of the Pilgrims!


  1. Dear Mrs.Ranney and class,

    Here are some facts I have learned about the Mayflower:

    1) It measured about 27 meters.

    2) The ship left Great Britain on August 15,1620 and arrived in the unknown land (America) on December 25.

    3) The Mayflower was created in about 1610.

    I hope you enjoyed the facts I found on World Book Online.

    Your friend,


  2. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    As I was reading the Plimoth Plantation, I came across interesting facts about the Mayflower II. It is 25 feet long and 106 feet wide! It was built 1955-1957 in Devon, England. Also, did you know that the original Mayflower vanished and no one knows what happened to it?


  3. Dear Mrs.Ranney,

    Did you know that on the journey of the Mayflower Plimouth Plantation says that actually two people died on the Mayflower instead of one like our book says? The pilgrim that died first was a sailor and the other one was a young servant, but that wasn't the only thing that happened. Babies were born, three of them! One of the babies were born during the journey and the other two were born when the ship arrived at Cape Cod.



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