Cooking 1621 Style- Our Experience Making Ship’s Biscuits

This morning we ventured back in time to make a historically accurate Thanksgiving food item- Ship’s Biscuits (also known as Hard Tack).  Ship’s Biscuits would have been served at most meals.  They were traditionally made so that they were rock hard (or as Rachel puts it they should have been called Brick Biscuits) so that they could be stored for long times.  To eat them, settlers would have placed them in milk, tea, gravy, or water to soften them up.  They were also sometimes used as utensils in that they could push food on to their spoon using them therefore not wasting any delicious gravy. 

To get started we assembled our ingredients (all traditional) as well as some modern day cook utensils.  

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First we added 4-5 cups of flour.


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Next, we added a few dashes of salt for flavor.

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Then we added enough water to moisten the dough and make it stick together, kneaded the dough, and rolled it out to a half an inch thick.

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We baked them for 15 minutes at 375 degrees.

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Dr. Cook agreed to be our taste tester (after we offered him some honey to sweeten the deal!)

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The reason we offered honey and not jam or butter is that the Wampanoag Indians could have brought native honey to the first Thanksgiving and we wanted to be authentic.   Dr. Cook gave us a thumbs up and declared our hard tack (ok it was more like medium tack and not as hard as the pilgrims would have made it since I didn’t want anyone to break a tooth!) not only edible, but yummy!

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Feel free to experiment and make some Ship’s Biscuits to your Thanksgiving Feast!  Happy Thanksgiving from my class to yours!  May you enjoy time with family and friends, feast until your full, and be grateful for all that you have.

Love, Mrs. Sinone and the Room 11 Crew

Our First Publication of Room 11 Times! Hot Off the Presses for Your Enjoyment!

My students have been hard at work on writing thier first news articles this month.  We have been reading non-fiction, writing non-fiction, and editing our writing.  As a culminating activity, we have developed, what I hope is the first of many editions, of our class newspaper, The Room 11 Times.  Please peruse the articles written by my students by clicking on the link below to open the PDF file.  As editor-in-chief, I am very proud of their work.  I would also like to let you know other then a very few corrections, these articles are published in the format that the students delevered them.  Enjoy!  I am certainly grateful for my young authors this Thanksgiving!

November Class News

Virtual Field Trip to the Plimoth Plantation to Attend the First Thanksgiving

This week we will be taking a trip way back in time to the first Thanksgiving. Ok, I did not develop a time machine (though that would be AMAZING and I would so take a year off to re-examine life choices and visit places I’ve read about ), rather we will be using the amazing site put together by one of my favorite publishers, Scholastic. We will be visiting the settlers and the Wampanoag Native American tribe to learn about life for children at the beginning of our country’s exisistance. Students will be using the information they gather to write their next full length writing piece comparing and contrasting Thanksgiving now with the First Thanksgiving.

Take a peek at the website we will be using curtesy of

Thanksgiving Historical Investigation

In addition to this investigation we will be wrapping up out math topic 10 with a quiz on Tuesday.
Also a reminder that our Attitude of Gratitude journals are due on Wednesday for a Social Studies test grade!


School Wide Thanksgiving Feast and Weekly Objectives 11/18-11/22

This week is perhaps one of my favorite each year here at RM Bacon Elementary School.  On Wednesday, our staff prepares and entire Thanksgiving dinner for every student to enjoy.  I love sitting down with “my kids” and sharing this meal.  We all sit as a class and are served by our student leaders and staff members.  It is one of those times that I am truly humbled by the teamwork, donations, and volunteers that pull off this event each year.  While I am on the topic of Thanksgiving this is just a friendly reminder that your child should be recording something he or she is thankful for each evening in their gratitude journal. This paper is going to be collected on Wednesday, November 27th and counts as a Social Studies Project grade.   If you child has lost his or her paper, there are extras in the classroom.


Weekly learning goals and support videos:


We will be taking a math test on Monday to wrap up our unit on 2 digit multiplication.  This does not mean we are done with this  for the year, but that we will be moving on.

Tuesday through Friday we will be reviewing division.  Please review the link below to review the steps.

Division Review


This week we are working on reading non fiction.  We are also writing our first class newspaper articles.  Our first class newspaper will be published and sent home on the 27th. 

Here is a short video about how to generate a topic for an article:



In addition to writing articles we will be reading a non fiction passage about Smokejumpers.  Here are some tips for reading non fiction:




We will begin creating simple circuits this week.  A simple circuit transmits energy from a source to create light, heat, or sound.  Please click on the link below to review the necessary requirements to create a simple circuit.

Simple Circuits



Veteran’s Day November 11th

Next Monday we will will honor our veterans.  Veterans are men and women who have fought in wars and conflicts as part of our armed forces.  I am honored to remember the service of my grandfather and uncles on Veteran’s Day each year.  Please take a moment (or 4) to watch the video below to learn more about the wars veterans have fought in, sacrifices they have made, and ways in which we honor them.  We will be writing to troops next week who are currently stationed abroad to help lift their spirits.