Colonial Economy Teacher Resources

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American Colonial Life in the Late 1700s: Distant Cousins

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students research how early colonists lived. They investigate late 17th century colonist's lives from Massachusetts and Delaware. Using their research, students write historical fiction in the form of friendly letters between the two...
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Mercantilism and The Colonial American Economy

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The invisible hand of trade. Viewers use the AP review video to learn the impact of mercantilism on the American Colonies. They examine the question of taxation without representation as the colonists get more and more upset with the...
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A Lesson to Accompany "Benjamin Franklin and the Birth of a Paper Money Economy"

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed
Students examine the role of money in the colonial economy by participating in a trading activity. In this colonial economy lesson, students complete an activity to learn about colonial trade and what happens when there is a lack of...
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Colonial Society on the Eve of Revolution 1700-1775

For Teachers 10th - 11th
Six slides show maps, graphs, and trade routes showing the demographics and economy of the early colonial economy. No text is included in this presentation, it is for supplemental use only.
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Colonial American Trade, Currency, and Economy: The instability of a colonial economy

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students view an image of Nathanial Hurd's "Table of Conversions." They will work in small groups to complete a worksheet. Students participate in a discussion about colonial Boston's economy. This lesson is a precursor to a visit to the...
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Differences Among Colonial Regions

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Classes look at and analyze primary source images to explore the differences between the colonial regions during the Revolutionary era. They break into groups to tackle each region and then present their findings to the class. A final...
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Jamestown's Economy

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Students identify items made in Jamestown and draw conclusions about their economy. In this Jamestown economy lesson, students use the internet to complete a worksheet which required them to look at photographs of goods made in and...
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Colonial Currency

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders develop a common currency. In this colonial currency lesson, 5th graders exchange beads, rice, coins, and paper bills for goods and services. Students explore web tools to research ways colonists used money, even if it was...
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The Colonial Workers Web

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore how workers, both today and in colonial times, worked within their societies to produce specialized goods and services and became interdependent. They explain how people became less self sufficient in their economic...
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JAPANESE COLONIALISM IN KOREA 1910-1945

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students analyze documents ranging from poetry to policy to determine the changes in Korea during its occupation. In this Japanese Colonialism lesson, students listen to a lecture, read documents and write responses analyzing the text....
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Impact of Colonialism: British Colonialism

For Students 7th - 9th
Read the provided passage on the impact of British colonialism then complete the assignment. The class reads two paragraphs and then creates a t-chart showing the pros and cons of British imperialism in India.
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Trade in Colonial America / NAFTA

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners learn the how trade impacted the colonial economy. They analyze the the benefits of NAFTA and learn the advantages to both the United States and Mexico.
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Jamestown's Economy

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students examine goods made and used by Native Americans and colonists at Jamestown. They complete a worksheet noting characteristics of the objects. They answer questions to make generalizations about scarcity and trade.
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American Life in the 17th Century: 1607-1692

For Teachers 10th - 12th
What was American life like during the 1600s? Help your class discover facts about the unhealthy conditions at Chesapeake Bay, the tobacco economy, Bacon's Rebellion, colonial slavery, the Salem Witch Trials, and colonial life. Slides...
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Writing Exercises: Modern Economic Issues, #1

For Students 8th - 10th
Explore modern economic issues occurring after WWII. The class responds to three short-answer questions regarding post colonialism, changes to the global economy after 1945, and the ties that bind many nations to the colonial countries...
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Five Years to Life: labor in Early Colonial Maryland

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders analyze the shift in the labor supply of Maryland's early coloninal economy from one that included indentured servants to one that increasingly depend on the labor of slaves. They skim "Tobacco Growing", resource and are...
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The Story of India - Freedom and Liberation - 3/6

For Teachers 6th - 12th
How much can one country take? The revolution this time is that of the year 1857 in which Muslims and Hindus join forces against British power. Called the Indian mutiny, this fight for freedom unparalleled anything western colonists had...
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A Lesson to Accompany "Benjamin Franklin and the Birth of a Paper Money Economy"

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed
Students investigate the role of money in the colonial economy. In this colonial economy lesson, students participate in a trading activity, read the booklet "Benjamin Franklin and the Birth of a Paper Money Economy," participate in an...
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Conflict and Captivity in the Colonies

For Teachers 7th - 11th
Young scholars examine the coexistence of Native Americans and colonist in colonial America. For this colonial America lesson, students research primary documents regarding Hannah Dustin and  Mary Rowlandson's captures and releases at...
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Colonial Tobacco Economy

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Tobacco as money? Middle schoolers investigate how eighteenth-century Virginia farmers used tobacco as a cash crop to buy tools, livestock, and household goods. They also examine the connection between tobacco production and the slave...
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The Story of India - Freedom and Liberation - 2/6

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Opium, textiles, spices, and trade mark the beginning of part two in this six-part series. The British Raj conquered India through profit and Imperialism. But, in this episode viewers will also learn that some British fell in love with...
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The Korean War and Its Aftermath

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Set the stage for your next instructional activity on the Korean War with handouts packed with information on the country's history and major events leading up to and following the war. The resource includes three worksheets that provide...
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Crossword: Introduction to Colonial America

For Students 3rd - 4th
In this crossword instructional activity, students read 14 clues pertaining to colonial America. Students place their answers in this puzzle which does not have a word bank.
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Early Colonial Labor Force: Indentured Servants and Slaves

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students study the labor force used during Colonial America. In this Colonial America lesson plan, students discuss labor types used in the colonies. Students read about indentured servants and the use of African slaves. Students use the...