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EngageNY Grade 4 ELA Module 2A, Unit 1: Building Background Knowledge: Life in Colonial America

For Teachers 4th Standards
Fourth graders delve into a variety of informational text types to begin building background knowledge on life in Colonial America. The unit engages learners in researching what life was like during this time by exploring how colonists...
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EngageNY Grade 4 ELA: Module 2A, Unit 2 - Case Study - Conducting Research on Colonial Americans

For Teachers 4th Standards
Use these 16 lessons to help fourth graders comprehend informational text as they read about different roles colonial Americans played on settlements. The class specifically studies the "wheelwright" trade and then break into groups to...
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EngageNY Grade 4 ELA: Module 2A, Unit 3

For Teachers 4th Standards
Fourth graders continue their research on colonial life in America and build on knowledge gained in the first two units of the module. Taking that knowledge and putting it into a historical fiction narrative is the focus of this final...
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Thirteen Original Colonies

For Teachers 5th - 12th
An outstanding lesson on the Thirteen Original Colonies, and the settling of Pennsylvania by William Penn is here for your learners. Valuable discussion takes place regarding how the colonies were settled, and some excellent handouts are...
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An Overview of the Thirteen Colonies

For Teachers 5th Standards
Your young historians will race to discover as much information as they can about the thirteen colonies, and will then work with partners to design an advertisement that will attract people to settle in a particular colony. 
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The 13 Originals: Exploring the Who, When, Where, and Why Behind the 13 Original Colonies of Early America

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Discover the stories behind each of the thirteen stripes on the American flag with this straightforward presentation. Complete with learning objectives, discussion questions, and solid information about each of the original thirteen...
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A Colony is Born : Lesson 5 - Dear Mem

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Discover colonies! Young historians will listen to a primary source journal entry read aloud with a backdrop of wave sounds. They discuss the entry, add historical facts to a chart and personal insights to another. Then they listen to...
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Lights! Cameras! Action!: Creating a Drama About the Lyme Art Colony

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Discuss the lives of artists in the Lyme Art Colony in the 1900s with this resource. Young historians write and perform a short scene depicting individuals who lived in the Griswold boardinghouse, used by the colony artists. They use the...
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Trouble in the Hive: Researching the Decimation of Honeybee Colonies

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Teach your class about colony collapse disorder and foster discussion about causes and solutions for the honeybee problem. Class members read and discuss an article and participate in one of two detailed activities about pollination and...
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Inside the Ant Colony

For Students 7th - 11th Standards
Step into the amazing world of ants as this video explores the surprisingly complex social structure that makes up the foundation of every ant colony. The truly amazing ability of these tiny creatures to share information without any...
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Thirteen Original Colonies

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students use maps, the Internet, graphic organizers and discussion to explore the history of the Middle American Colonies. They consider how the colonies were founded and the ideas of religious freedom and self-government they embodied.
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Development of the English Colonies

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students research one of the original 13 colonies using the included worksheet. They also record their findings on a poster board to use during a class presentation. Students then take notes on the presentations using the provided...
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The Lost Colony of Roanoke

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
In a quick mini-lesson, young pupils act as detectives to investigate the mystery surrounding the "disappearance" of the colony of Roanoke. 
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Political, Economic, and Social Table - The Establishment of the 13 Colonies

For Students 8th - 11th Standards
Here you'll find a simple graphic organizer that learners can use to categorize the political, economic, and social motivations behind the establishment of the thirteen colonies.
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Colonies in the Americas

For Students 6th - 11th Standards
Compare and contrast the goals, types of government, interactions with Native Americans, and other important features of the Spanish, British, and French colonies in the Americas with this graphic organizer.
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Colonies Study Guide

For Students 6th - 9th
In this colonies worksheet, students answer the questions about the Middle, Southern, and New England Colonies. There are 14 questions to answer.
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Analyzing "Do Not Tax the Colonies"

For Teachers 7th - 12th
In this primary source research worksheet, students examine a copy of "Do Not Tax the Colonies," (not included) and respond to 6 short answer questions regarding its content.
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Thirteen Colonies Map Project

For Teachers 4th - 6th
How much did the geography of North America play a role in the formation of the thirteen colonies? Lead fourth, fifth or sixth graders on an adventure in cartography. Young historians create a map of colonial America, including major...
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Guided Reading: African-Americans in the Thirteen Colonies

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Using the nonfiction book African Americans in the Thirteen Colonies, learners read segments about the origin and perpetuation of slavery in the colonies. Reading comprehension is assessed as the class discusses the text, and explores...
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Worksheet #27 Questions - Middle Colonies

For Students 8th - 9th
In this middle colonies worksheet, students examine their knowledge through ten fill in the blank questions that relate to the aforementioned topic.
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How Did Relations between Britain and the Colonies Change after the French and Indian War?

For Students 5th - 12th Standards
What does the French and Indian War have to do with the American Revolution? Following the war, Britain issued the Proclamation of 1763 in an attempt to limit the colonists' western expansion. To understand how the proclamation, the...
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That's My Colony Project

For Students 4th - 6th
In this American colonies activity worksheet, students choose one of the 13 original colonies to research in order to respond to 10 short answer questions.
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The Brief American Pageant: Settling the Northern Colonies

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Experience the birth of the United States with this series of maps. Detailing settlements in New England, New Netherland, and New Sweden, this presentation would be a good companion to your lecture on early American History. It is...
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8th Grade U.S. History Task Study Packet

For Students 8th
Even a cumulative review can include main ideas, key events, supporting details, and critical thinking. An excellent 8th grade history review is yours for the taking. It includes topics that range from the thirteen colonies to post Civil...

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