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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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Ben Across the Curriculum: High School

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Benjamin Franklin: The man, the scientist, the inventor, the statesman, the legend. A 10-lesson collection introduces high schoolers to the many facets of Franklin’s character. Although developed for the International Traveling...
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Becoming Us: Resistance

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
The three case studies in the Becoming Us: Resistance unit module look at the individuals and groups who have resisted the antidemocratic forces of inequality and oppression. The Fighting For Freedom resource has young historians...
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Becoming Us

For Teachers 8th - 11th Standards
The mission statement of the National Museum of American History’s Becoming US: Teaching Immigration and Migration History in the 21st Century series is to provide “educational resources for high school teachers and students to learn...
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Thirteen Original Colonies

For Teachers 5th - 12th
An outstanding lesson plan 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...
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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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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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Late-breaking News: an In-depth Investigation of the Lyme Art Colony

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Motivate your class with this art lesson relating to the Lyme Art Colony. Learners create a television news report based on five topics; the American art colony at Lyme, daily life in a boardinghouse in 1910, making the most of limited...
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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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Writing a Travel Article About the Lyme Art Colony

For Teachers 5th - 8th
By writing a travel article in the voice of a writer living in 1910, secondary learners discuss the work of the Lyme Art Colony. They visit Florence Griswold Museum's online resources to go on a virtual tour of the Lyme Art Colony. Then,...
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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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Self-Rule for British Colonies

For Students 7th - 10th
In this cause and effect instructional activity, students read noted textbook pages about British colonies. Students then complete a graphic organizer that requires them to note the causes and effects of the listed actions in colonies...
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American Colonies

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars record information in a database about the three American colonies. They are comparing and contrasting them. They are to log into a given database and fill in the corresponding sections. Once it is filled in the...
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The Lost Colony of Roanoke

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
In a quick mini-lesson plan, young pupils act as detectives to investigate the mystery surrounding the "disappearance" of the colony of Roanoke. 
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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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The Restoration Colonies

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Explore the earliest American cities in this presentation, which details the demographics, geography, and characteristics of New York, Pennsylvania, and the Carolinas, among others. These slides help to fill in the gap between the...
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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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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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American Colonial Life in the Late 1700s: Distant Cousins

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Young scholars 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...
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Colonial Vacation Planner

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Looking for a good lesson on the Colonial Period for your upper-elementary class? Then, this lesson is for you! They use website designs, U.S. travel publications, and maps to plan a family vacation to states which were part of the...
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13 American Colonies: Citizenship Question 64

For Teachers 8th - Higher Ed
Help English learners prepare for their citizenship test with this presentation. Based on question 64 about the thirteen American Colonies, the slides simply list all thirteen states and their flags. Augment this slideshow with a lesson...
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Empire and Identity in the American Colonies

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The American Revolution was born out of a European conflict that spilled over into North America—and the documents prove it! Using primary sources from the era of the French and Indian War, including British plans to try to unite its...
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Pennsylvania Colony

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students research the main reasons for the colonists moving to the Pennsylvania colony. They analyze maps, label a bubble map, list similarities/differences of immigrants then and now, and create a colonial newspaper advertisement.
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Colony Trading Cards

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders investigate the history of the thirteen colonies. They research when, where, why and how each colony was developed. They create trading cards to display research information.
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You Decide: Roanoke the Lost Colony

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Learners develop an idea about what happened at the Lost Colony of Roanoke. In this Roanoke Colony lesson, students examine associated vocabulary before listening to Roanoke The Lost Colony, An Unsolved Mystery from History by Jane...
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Comparison of American Colonies

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Students explore the lifestyles of the American colonies. They conduct various activities according to their grade level including jigsaw research and creating a poster. Lesson includes primary source readings related to the topic.
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Thirteen Original Colonies

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Young scholars 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...
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Virtual Colony Project

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students develop strategies to create a successful colony by analyzing the environment, individual rights, and responsibilities. They gain an understanding of the challenges faced by colonists.
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Development of the English Colonies

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars 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...
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A Colony is Born : Lesson 4 - What Went Wrong?

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders compare and contrast two early colonies and make a T chart. They list examples of worked well and what did not, and significant historical events. They use higher order thinking skills by deducing how different scenarios...
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The 13 Colonies HyperStudio Presentation

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders research one of the original thirteen colonies and present their information in a HyperStudio project.
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The Thirteen Colonies in 1770

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers review the characteristics of the thirteen colonies. With a partner, they complete a worksheet describing the colonies within a specific amount of time. They review their responses and describe each region of colonies...
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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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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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This one is on Colonization of the English Colonies

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Young scholars study the importance of geographic location which can determine the survival and progress of a colony. They also study the basic concepts of flag design and the basic types of symbolism expressed by many flags or banners.
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Spanish Colonies in South America

For Teachers 8th - 10th
How did the Spanish govern its South American colonies? This presentation provides a series of questions, images, and an informative outline for learners to ponder. They will review the colonial caste system, the encomienda system, and...
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An English Colony

For Teachers 5th
Putting the colonization of Jamestown in perspective, this resource provides a quick overview of the topic. As part of a discussion of the colonies, this would be a helpful tool.
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Day Creek Squares: History Review Game

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Is there an American Revolution test coming up in your class? If so, then you've just found a fun way to prepare your learners. They'll review various aspects related to the Jefferson presidency, the American Revolution, and the English...
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You Are the Historian: Investigating the First Thanksgiving

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students examine the facts and myths that surround the "First Thanksgiving" (the harvest celebration of 1621) at Plimoth Colony. They study the role that historians play in the collection and dissemination of history and use their...
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The American Revolution: Creating a New Nation

For Teachers 10th - 12th
The American Government was founded on several major principles which led to the US Constitution, Federal System, and Bill of Rights. This presentation follows Colonial America on its journey from colony, to freedom fighter, to...
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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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Worry-Free Colonies

For Teachers 3rd Standards
Sometimes it's hard to find a good research topic. Look no further! Here your class can research insects that live in colonies. The class will be split into four groups. They will be assigned jobs and a target insect. Groups will use a...
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How Do You Lose a Colony? Exploring What Became of John White’s “Lost Colony”

For Teachers 5th Standards
The mystery surrounding the disappearance of John White's colonists on Roanoke Island is not only a fascinating feature of European colonization history, but is also a great way for your young historians to engage themselves in the story...
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Book: The Northern Colonies: Quest for Freedom

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Students, after reading Chapter 1 in the book, "The Northern Colonies: Quest for Freedom," assess the diseases that killed Native Americans as well as the causes for the spread of disease during this time period. They contemplate medical...
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Puritanism

For Teachers 7th - 8th
A few vital statistics about the Mayflower, and a note here and there regarding Plymouth and the Massachusetts Bay Colony make this a good review tool. Leaners are given basic facts about Puritanism, Puritan theology, and the effects of...
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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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Thirteen Colonies Word Jumble

For Students 3rd - 4th
In this American colonies worksheet, students unscramble the letters in 20 words to spell vocabulary pertaining to the thirteen original colonies. There is a word bank provided.
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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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Who Am I? Name the Colony

For Students 8th - 11th
For this colonial American worksheet, students identify 13 colonies based on the provided descriptions. Students then complete a writing prompt that requires them to create colonial brochures.
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A Flip of Life in the 13 Colonies

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders create a flip book illustrating the 13 original colonies. They study the growth and development of each of the three groups of the original colonies. They use maps to observe and interpret geographic information and...
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Introduction to the 13 Colonies

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students explore the first 13 colonies. In this first 13 colonies lesson, students study the map and locate where the first 13 colonies were located. Students label a map and tell who started each of the colonies.
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The 13 Colonies HyperStudio Presentation

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders research their colony, synthesize the data, and put their information in a HyperStudio Presentation. Finally, they need to do a self-evaluation of their work and work habits.
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Southern Colonies Crossword

For Students 5th - 6th
In this solving a crossword puzzle worksheet, students read clues to help solve the word puzzle about the Southern Colonies. Students write 7 answers.
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The Carolina Colony: Comparing Three Perspectives

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders determine what drew colonist to the early Carolina colony. In this colonial America lesson, 8th graders read primary sources written by early colonists about the factors that motivated them to settle the colony in North...
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AN EXAMINATION OF HOW GEOGRAPHICAL SETTLEMENTS LED TO AN ECONOMIC SYSTEM IN THE 13 COLONIES

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders investigate and justify the geographic reasons why the colonists settled in the locations they did, and how this led to their economic system using a map of the original thirteen colonies.
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The Massachusetts Bay Colony

For Students 3rd - 6th
In this Massachusetts Bay Colony worksheet, students read information and assess comprehension and vocabulary skills. In this multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, and true or false worksheet, students answer ten questions.
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Life in the Colonies

For Students 6th - 8th
In this social studies learning exercise, learners find the vocabulary terms related to the life in the colonies in early America. The answers are found by clicking the button at the bottom of the page.
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Packing For A Trip to the Colonies

For Students 4th - 5th
In this Colonial America worksheet, students complete a chart with information about what was native to the colonies and what was brought in by the settlers. Students make notes about: animals, farming techniques, food crops and other...
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Geometric Sequences: Bacteria Colony

For Students 11th - Higher Ed Standards
Show budding mathematicians how to model a diminishing bacteria colony two ways—graphically and algebraically. Using the coordinate axis, pupils create a graph to represent the decay of a bacteria colony. They determine the number of...
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Thirteen Colonies on a Map

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders identify the thirteen original colonies. In this United States history activity, 4th graders are given a map to label the colonies and date when each colony was founded. Students color code the colonies according to their...
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Living In The Colonies

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars study the importance of geographic location which can determine the survival and progress of a colony. They examine the effects that cultural background and specific historical events have upon the development of a colony...
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Colony Brochure

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students, after studying the 13 colonies, create a brochure advertising one of the colonies. The purpose of the brochure, they were told, would be to urge people in Europe to come to America and settle in their particular colony.
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Create Your Own Colony

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students investigate the history of the 1607 Popham Colony and its plan of being established for inhabitation. They analyze the plan by answering key questions. Then students come to a conclusion about its effectiveness. The project is...
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Thirteen American Colonies

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students research the Thirteen American Colonies. In small groups they conduct Internet research on a selected colony, organize their information using Inspiration or Timeliner computer programs, and design and present a gameboard that...
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American Colonies

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders analyze the differences between New England, Middle, and Southern Colonies. In this American History instructional activity, student groups create a bulletin board depicting a typical scene from thier respective colonial...
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British Colonization-Settling the Thirteen Colonies (1607-1733)

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students study the thirteen colonies: geography, economics, politics, and religious groups. They explore early colonial life, and create a travel brochure, travel guide of the 13 Colonies, and word search.
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AIH-15: Colony Settlement & American Indian Involvement

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students examine American Indian individuals and tribes involved in the settlement of English colonies.
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Jamestown Colony

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders explore cooperation between British settlers and Native Americans in the Jamestown Colony. They describe how the colonists and Powhatan Indians depended on the environment for their survival. Students write a report on the...
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From Colonies to States

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students break into 13 groups, one per colony and research the events surrounding their colony's entrance into the United States. They then submit their report to the class keeping track of the order in which the states were admitted by...
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Assessing the Character of the Colonies: Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Pupils read a primary source document about the rules of civility and behavior in the presence of company. Using the text, they make assumptions about how life was like in the colonies. They compare and contrast the culture of the time...
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New England Colonies

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students study the New England colonies. In this colonies lesson, students use a directed reading-thinking method to learn about the New England colonies. Students follow the method to make predictions, read the text, and analyze the...
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Worksheet #27 Questions - Middle Colonies

For Students 8th - 9th
In this middle colonies worksheet, learners examine their knowledge through ten fill in the blank questions that relate to the aforementioned topic.
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Thirteen Colonies

For Students 2nd - 5th
In this thirteen colonies worksheet, students write the capital city next to each star on the thirteen colonies. Students write 13 capitals.
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The Architecture of New England and the Southern Colonies as it Reflects the Changes in Colonial Life

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students compare and contrast the various types of architecture in the Southern colonies. Using slides, they discuss how the homes were made and the materials used. In groups, they identify how the types of homes reflected the...
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Getting to Know the Thirteen Colonies

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders analyze information about the thirteen colonies. Using the information, they can manipulate and identify a region in which the colony is located. As a class, they make generalizations about the various regions and time...
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Self-Rule for British Colonies

For Students 6th - 8th
In this colonialism activity, students respond to 10 short answer questions about the gradual development of self-rule in Britain's colonies.
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Colonies Word Scramble

For Teachers 5th - 8th
In this American colonies worksheet, learners examine 13 sets of letters and unscramble them to correctly spell the names of the 13 colonies.
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Slavery in the Southern Colonies

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students identify and interpret how the slave trade was managed in the Southern colonies by experiencing a slave auction. They also develop empathy for Africans kidnapped and brought to Northern America. Finally, students construct...
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Book: The Original United States of America

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students, after reading Chapter One in the book, "The American Colonies' Sense of Who They Were," analyze the actions of the colonists as well as compare the similarities between the protests of the colonists and protests of today. They...
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We the People Level 2

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students explore U.S. history by participating in a government activity. In this Constitution lesson plan, students identify the role government plays in our society and the differences the British colonies had in the early 18th century....
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The Commercial Revolution

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Learners will be able to define capitalism, Commercial Revolution, joint stock companies, and the relationship between a mother country and her colonies after viewing this presentation. Each term is defined and described in easy,...
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Dear Miss Florence: Writing Letters To the Boardinghouse for Artists

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Imagine being one of the painters in 1910 at the Lyme Art Colony in Connecticut. Using the Florence Griswold Museum's on-line resources to gather information about the daily life of artists at the boardinghouse, learners write a letter...
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Plymouth Colony

For Students 11th - 12th Standards
Read about the tumultuous beginning to the United States with an informational text passage about Colonial America. As young researchers peruse an article about the arrival of the Mayflower, the settlers' relationship to the neighboring...
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Pilgrim and Wampanoag Daily Life for Grades 6–8

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Two slide shows, viewed side-by-side, permit middle schoolers to compare and contrast the lives of the Pilgrims of the Plimoth colony and the Wampanoags. Four videos take learners on virtual field trips to the Plymouth plantation. And an...
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The Pilgrims Settlement of English Colonies

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders explore the problems encountered by the Pilgrims during their journey and their first year in Plymouth Colony. They compare and contrast the culture of the Native Americans and the Pilgrims. Students describe how the Native...
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Colonies

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders watch a video about the thirteen original colonies. Using a software program, they illustrate four areas that are different from colonial times. They discuss how life has improved since then and add a Benjamin Franklin...
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A Colony is Born : Lesson 6 -To Leave or Not to Leave

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders connect reasons for coming to the New World with identity. The create identities and place them in one of three settled regions. They refer to prior study notes in their Colonial Notebooks to establish their identities.
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A Colony is Born : Lessons 7 - 10 What's My Line?

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders research their assigned regions, complete regional guide and prepare presentations about the New World colonists. They refer to "Everyday LIfe: Colonial Times" as well as searching marked internet sites.
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A Colony is Born : Lesson 3 - Marking Time

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders refer to text and timeline to fill in a graphic organizer and timeline from 1492-1607. They participate in a class discussion that allows for speedy accumulation of events and fill in their own timelines. They work in small...
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A Colony is Born : Lesson 11 - Group Presentations and Summatives

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders give presentations on colonial research. The others take notes on the presentations. They play a card game which helps them review content. They take a summative assessment and present their research notebooks.
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The Original 13 Colonies and 3 Regions

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders review the content of American History and focus upon the original thirteen colonies. They also study the geography of the region. It is recommended that students have other lessons delivered on the topic prior to this one.
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Martian Colony Proposals

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders design a proposal for a Martian colony to be presented to a group of their peers. They review their knowledge of Mars. Students evaluate for themselves which of their classmates proposal best fits their criteria.
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Colonial North Carolina

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders are introduced to the conditions of North Carolina when it was still a colony. Using the internet, they research the political, religious and economic problems the colony faced and how they dealt with them. They also...
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The Carolina colony: Comparing three perspectives

For Teachers 7th - 8th Standards
What might motivate individuals to leave their ancestral homes and travel to a new country? Using the provided decision-making chart, eight graders read three primary source documents about the new Carolina colonies (two advertisements...
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A Proprietary Colony: Exploring the Charter of Carolina

For Teachers 7th - 8th Standards
Class groups use a graphic organizer to respond to questions and record impressions as they examine sections of the Charter of Carolina, the document that gave control of the colony to eight Lords Proprietors. After completing their...
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Early America: Jeopardy Game

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders can put their knowledge of early American life, the 13 colonies, and maps to the test when they play this Jeopardy game. The game covers terminology, famous people, and geography related to Colonial American times. Note:...
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Thirteen Colonies: Crossword Puzzle

For Students 5th - 8th
In this United States history worksheet, students use the 13 clues in order to fill in the crossword puzzle with the appropriate answers pertaining to the original 13 colonies.
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Questioning...and Early English Colony

For Teachers 4th - 10th
Students create questions about the Early English Colonies in pairs and trade their questions with other students and answer them. In this Early English Colonies lesson plan, students either answer the question or use it as a discussion...
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State Capitals of the Original 13 Colonies

For Students 4th - 6th
In this capitals worksheet, students match the names of the capitals with the list of names of the thirteen original colonies. Students write thirteen names of capitals.
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Book: The Southern Colonies: Quest for Prosperity

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Students, after reading Chapter 1 in the book, "The Southern Colonies: Quest for Prosperity,"begin to analyze the motivation behind European colonization. They convey the setting of the scene into a writing piece to illustrate the...
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Virginia Colony Word Search

For Students 5th - 7th
In this Virginia Colony word search, students identify names of colonies, Indian tribes, and events that were evident during the colonization of America. A list of 15 words is provided beside the puzzle. An answer key is available.
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Ant Farm Areas

For Students 2nd - 4th Standards
Practice counting square units and learn about ants at the same time. Once you count the number of square units in each ant colony, use the legend to figure out what color each colony should be.
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Colonial North America

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Showcase the religion, conflicts, daily life, and politics of Colonial North America. A very well-done presentation highlights all the major colonial groups, social norms, demographics, and political struggles of the time. Perfect for an...
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Reasons for Settling the New World

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
After studying the reasons settlers entered the New World, primary learners try to persuade others to enter this new land. Class members present their arguments in a variety of ways including posters, writings, and charts. Richly...
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Settlement Exploration: Then and Now

For Teachers 6th - 8th
NASA has crafted an imaginative and memorable series of lessons, "NASA and Jamestown Education Module." This lesson is one of the five components. In it, middle schoolers connect history and science by comparing the settlement of...
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Jamestown Colony: Who Will Survive the English Invasion of Jamestown?

For Teachers 5th
5th graders will receive a brief overview of the interactions between the English, Colonists, and Native Americans during the Early Colonial Period. This presentation includes thoughtful discussion questions, images, and a link to a...
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The Original 13 Colonies and 3 Regions

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders explore the 13 original colonies. In this colonial America lesson, 7th graders research details about each of the colonies and then play "Beat the Clock Colony Review."
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The Lost Colony

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders investigate the Lost Colony of Roanoke. In this Lost Colony lesson, 4th graders brainstorm a list of words that show what they know about the Lost Colony. They read a selection from their textbook and listen to parts of...
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Know Your 13 Colonies

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders study the thirteen colonies.  In this American History lesson, 7th graders analyze the historical origins and economic development of each colony.  Students create an original flag for a colony that reflects the colony's...
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The Jamestown Colonies

For Students 8th - 12th
In this colonial American worksheet, students read a 1-page selection about the Jamestown Colony and then respond to 5 short answer questions about the selection.
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Early North American Colonies 1599-1701

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the settlement of North America. For this colonial America lesson, students compare and contrast the English, French, and Spanish colonies to one another as they conduct research to complete the provided graphic organizer.
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Timelining North Carolina's Big Mystery: The Lost Colony

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students research the Lost Colony of Roanoke, North Carolina. They create and publish a multimedia timeline using technology and printed resources.
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The Jamestown Colony

For Students 3rd - 5th
In this Jamestown Colony worksheet, students read a 2 page article on the colony, answer 3 questions with multiple choice answers, fill in 5 blanks to complete 5 facts and determine if 3 statements are true or false.
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13 Colonies Assignment

For Students 5th - 8th
In this colonial America learning exercise, learners respond to 6 short answer questions about the formation of the colonies and the countries that established each colony.
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13 Colonies Crossword Puzzle

For Students 3rd - 6th
In this 13 colonies activity, students search for the colonies in a word search. Students search for the names of all 13 colonies that are given at the bottom of the page.
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In the Colonies 1620 - 1700

For Students 6th - 8th
In this social studies worksheet, students find the words related to settlements in America during 1620-1700. The answers are found by clicking the button at the bottom of the page.
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Jamestown Colonies and the Powhatan Indians

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders discuss the Jamestown colony and the Powhatan Indians. In this colonial history lesson, 8th graders talk about conflicts between the Native Americans and the colonists. They read a biography about Pocahontas to help them...
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Colonial Regions of America 1689 - 1754 Worksheet

For Students 3rd - 5th
In this Colonial America worksheet, students color and label a map of the 13 colonies. They complete three more maps on which they label the major cities and waterways in New England, the Middle, and the Southern colonies. They answer an...
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The Voices of Slavery

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders recognize and can describe the settlers of Early America. In this American colonies lesson, 4th graders research using primary and secondary sources, Native Americans, Europeans, and African Americans role in the colonies....
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American Colonial Life in the Late 1700s: Distant Cousins

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explore daily life and its influences in the late 1700s for two families in different colonies- Delaware and Massachusetts by becoming historical detectives. After gathering information from artifacts to make inferences about...
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We The People: A History

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students play a game about taxation where they have tax collectors that simulate the feelings and reasons that led to the American Revolution. In this taxation lesson plan, students learn about why the people in the colonies were so...
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Sixth Grade Social Studies Test

For Students 6th
In this social studies activity, 6th graders complete multiple choice questions about weapons, colonies, Native Americans, and more. Students complete 30 questions.
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Early Settlements

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students embark on a journey through colonial times.  For this early settlement lesson, students come to understand what life was like for the settlers in the early colonies. Students research and create projects illustrating their new...
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Taking Up Arms and the Challenge of Slavery in the Revolutionary Era

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students examine a series of documents which discuss the contradiction in the Americans' rhetoric about slavery. They act as members of designated Committees of Correspondence in the five different colonies, communicating their...
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President Who? Forgotten Founders and Their Capitols

For Teachers 7th - 11th
Students explore the beginning of the United Colonies that were formed in 1774.  In this history lesson, students discuss the Articles of Confederation and then answer questions about the events surrounding the development of the colonies.
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Jobs in Jamestown

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers research occupations of Jamestown settlers using census data, and evaluate the data to show the needs and activities of the colony.
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The Disappearing Honeybees: Tracking Honeybee Decline

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students practice graphing and other math skills to track number of honeybee colonies present in United States since 1978, discuss major crops that are dependent on insect pollinators, and examine reasons for decline of United States...
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Living On The Moon

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Learners evaluate what life would be like living on the moon or another planet in our solar system.  In this science lesson, students create a colony that they would use to live in on the moon using Legos. 
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Colonial Designs

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
The adventures of the New World came at a cost for Native Americans. Scholars investigate the economic side of settling the European colonies. Using video clips, statistical evidence, and primary sources, they create hypotheses and...
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When is Thanksgiving? Colonizing America

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Discover the first attempts made to colonize and establish the first permanent English colonies in the North American region, from Sir Walter Raleigh's colony at Roanoke and settlement at Jamestown, Virginia to colonies in Maryland and...
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Settling the Plymouth Colony

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Pupils use the Internet and graphic organizers to research the Plymouth Colony the experience of the Pilgrims. Students compare and contrast different colonies and develop a timeline showcasing their research.
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The 13 British Colonies

For Students 5th - 12th
In this British colonies historical map activity, students examine the political boundaries of the 13 original colonies.
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Georgia: the Buffer Colony

For Students 6th - 8th
For this United States history worksheet, students utilize a word bank of 10 terms or phrases to answer 10 fill in the blank questions about the colony of Georgia. A short answer question is included as well.
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Growing Bacteria Colonies

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars investigate exponential growth.  In this exponential growth lesson, students grow two types of bacteria colonies.  Young scholars record the bacteria growth over the course of a few days.  Students make a scatter plot of...
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Virginia Colony and England

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students identify how cultural landscapes reflect beliefs, customs, and architecture of people living in those areas. Then they identify that Virginia developed a unique culture different from that of England. Students also research...
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Becoming A Nation p.1

For Students 4th - 5th
In this early America worksheet, students use the 11 words in a word bank to complete a crossword puzzle about the colonies and Revolutionary War.
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English Settlements in North America, A Royal Charter from the King

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders develop a colony to be evaluated by the teacher in the role of a "Royal Inspector". In this social studies lesson plan, 5th graders design aspects of a successful society by planning forms of government, politics, and an...
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Early English Exploration and Settlement of the Colony of Virginia

For Teachers 5th - 6th
With resource links, a detailed procedure, embedded primary source documents, and a Readers Theater script, you're ready to teach! Re-enact historical events in order to boost historical perspective, discern main ideas, and draw...
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The Brief American Pageant: The Planting of the English America

For Teachers 8th - 11th
A series of maps illustrate the early growth of English America, which includes the Maryland, Virginia, Carolina, and Georgia colonies. Settlements such as Jamestown, Roanoke, and Charleston are labeled on the map, allowing a teacher or...
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The Founding Fathers

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students discuss the basic ideas about the government of the English colonists. They identify three kinds of colonial government developed in the thirteen colonies.
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Triangular Trade

For Teachers 5th - 7th
This activity has it all, primary source documents, an interactive trade game, clear teacher background information, and sailing to the West Indies chance cards. You will play, trade, and live out the experiences of early colonists in...
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What makes a Southern Colony a Southern Colony

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders answer questions put to them by the teacher that are intended to help them understand the different lives of slaves and indentured servants in colonial times. They make a list of Aristocrats and Farmers from their text...
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A Colony is Born : Lesson 2 - Sez Who?

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders increase their baseline knowledge of primary and secondary sources and the likenesses and differences of them with regard to a selected historical event.
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Colonies and Revolution: Comparing US and Mexican History

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students examine the emergence of the United States and Mexico as independent nations. They compare the colonial history of the two countries and discover the emergence of social classes.
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The Plymouth Colony

For Students 4th - 5th
In this history worksheet, students will draw a line from each historical name to the correct statement or biographical description. The people include John Carver and Squanto.
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The Colonies: An Adertisement

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Pupils explore the early colonies of American settlements. After researching important characteristics such as land, politics, economics, and educational opportunities, students create their own advertisement for one of the colonies.
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Farming the Southern Colonies

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders investigate the basis for farming choices in the early colonies by using group research and discussion. Each group researches a topic that they write about and present to the rest of the class.
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American Revolution Simulation

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore the grievances of the American colonists. They relate to that which is held most dearly i.e. life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
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Import/Export

For Students 4th - 5th Standards
The reading passage here uses the example of the American colonies to introduce imports and exports. After reading the text, class members respond to five questions, which require pupils to find facts in the text and form opinions about...
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Colonial America and The American Revolution

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
How did the founding of the American colonies lead to a revolution? Use the essential question and sample activities to guide learners through a series of history lessons. Additionally, the packet includes effective strategies to...
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Biotechnology Laboratory Research

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Students participate in an extended laboratory research to experience how scientific information is obtained, upon which we build scientific knowledge and understanding.
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Jamestown Changes

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students examine how the Jamestown settlement changed the first few years after it was founded. They take a virtual field trip of Jamestown, read primary source documents, discuss census information, and write a summary of changes in...
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Franklin’s Philadelphia: Another Point of View

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
While Benjamin Franklin enjoyed fame and success in colonial Philadelphia, that was not the experience of all coming to the British colonies. Young scholars trace the life of an indentured servant using a scholarly biography and reading...
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Thanksgiving 2—The Pilgrim Story and My Immigrant Story

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
The tradition of the First Thanksgiving is really a story of immigration. Connect the feelings and customs of the early Pilgrims to the experiences of the immigrants in your class with an introduction to the 13 colonies, the Mayflower,...
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Inside the World of Fire Ants!

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Did you know that fire ant colonies are seen as small mounds on the surface of Earth but underground, tunnels can extend as far as 25 feet away? Viewers learn about the unique history of fire ants, from the pain of their sting to their...
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The Pilgrims: Native American Relationship to the Land

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
An informative video sets the context for a lesson that asks young historians to consider how cultural values influence perspective. Groups compare the attitudes reflected in a journal entry of a member of the Plymouth Colony to those of...
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The Seven Years War

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Colonial America brought two nations to war: the British and the French. Scholars research just what caused this conflict to take place, while looking into the long-term ramifications in the American colonies, with an informative and...
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Road to Revolution: Patriotism or Treason?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Patriot or traitor? Scholars debate the line between patriotism and treason in a short activity. Academics analyze a political cartoon and discuss varying viewpoints between different groups living in the American colonies. The activity...
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Colonial Tea Parties

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
New ReviewMost people know of the Boston Tea Party, but it was only one of similar protests throughout the colonies. Using a case study from Maryland, learners explore primary sources, including images and newspaper accounts of similar tea...
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Democratic Ideas of the 1776 Maryland Constitution

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
New Review1776 was a year of political upheaval in the American colonies. Academics examine the Maryland Constitution to understand the desire to break with Great Britain. Young historians learn about Maryland's efforts to extend rights to its...
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The Coming of Independence

For Students 7th - 8th
Provide your learners with an opportunity to show what they know. Have them answer 10 questions on colonial America, 13 Colonies, colonial legislature, and popular sovereignty. There are 5 true/false and 5 multiple choice questions.
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Reading Comprehension: Colonial America

For Students 4th - 5th
In this reading for comprehension worksheet, students read a passage about the southern colonies in colonial America and answer questions about it. Students write 4 answers in complete sentences.
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Conflict and Captivity in the Colonies

For Teachers 7th - 11th
Students examine the coexistence of Native Americans and colonist in colonial America. In this colonial America lesson, students research primary documents regarding Hannah Dustin and  Mary Rowlandson's captures and releases at the hands...
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Social Studies 7th Grade: American Revolution

For Teachers 7th - 8th
A basic overview of the events leading up to the Declaration of Independence, this presentation provides students with key terms and facts about life in the thirteen original colonies. The final slide includes an assignment for students...
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Pennsylvania Colony: The Holy Experiment

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Have your class explore U.S. history by discussing religion in the colonial era. Your fifth graders review the history of Pennsylvania and the conformist views placed upon immigrants to the country. Then, they read a letter Benjamin...
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Life in the Colonies

For Teachers 9th - 12th
What was life like for the early colonists? Read along with an informational presentation, rich in text. Colonial slavery, slave culuture, colonial religion, and the Great Awakening are all described in full. Tip: The resource could be...
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People of the Revolution

For Teachers 4th - 12th
New ReviewIt's nothing new—America has always been a melting pot of cultures. The resource explores the diversity of individuals living in the American colonies during the Revolutionary War. Scholars examine artifacts and primary sources to...
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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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An Empire in the Balance

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders investigate the role of New York state during the American Revolution. In small groups, they research a particular region within colonial America, analyze primary source documents, complete Document Analysis Sheets, and...
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What They Left Behind: Early Multi-National Influences in the United States

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students research the impact of European voyages of discovery and colonial influence on different aspects of American culture. They access a number of online sources and reference maps to trace the influences of England, France, Holland,...
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Was the Stamp Act Fair?

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Elementary and middle schoolers examine and evaluate different perspectives concerning events leading to the American Revolution. In this case, they hone in on the Stamp Act. They research controversial bills, laws, or events of the time...
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The Settlement of 13 Colonies

For Students 4th - 5th
In this settlement of the colonies worksheet, students complete a graphic organizer, listing the name of the colony, the date settled and the state name. Worksheet contains links to additional activities.
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Colonial Discovery

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Explore the 13 Colonies and the daily lives of those that lived there. Learners research Colonial life and express what they've discovered through the creation of murals. The pictorial history of the period is then complemented by murals...
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A Whole New World

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers examine a timeline of a sequence of events displaying how the colonies were founded. They analyze Jamestown and Plymouth recruitment posters, write journal entries, and play a Jeopardy game with questions about the...
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Unite These States

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students explore the historical events and people associated with the 13 colonies. The geographic locations of the 13 colonies and ultimately, of all 50 states are investigated.
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Comparison of Colonial Regions in British North America

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students compare and contrast the colonies in British North America. As a class, they brainstorm a list of people, places and ideas associated with the Colonial Era. They discover the relationships and interactions between the...
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New Imperialism

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders examine patterns of global change in the era of New Imperialism. In small groups, they simulate the establishment of a colony, researching items needed, and creating posters that present a map, flora and fauna, and main...
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Early European Settlements Word Search

For Students 5th - 7th
In this early European settlements word puzzle, students identify settlements and terms pertaining to the early colonies. A list of 39 words is provided. An answer sheet is available.
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Crossword: First Settlements

For Students 4th - 5th
In this elementary social studies worksheet, students complete a crossword puzzle with 14 words related to settling the first U.S. colonies.
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Bartering Through the Seasons

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders explore bartering. In this bartering lesson, 5th graders investigate bartering between the American colonies. Students study the climate and geography of neighboring colonies and investigate crops native to each area.
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Colonization Specialization

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students explore specialized societal roles in the southern colonies, and simulate plantation owners' attitudes.
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Jamestown

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders research the Jamestown settlement and examine life in the colonies from 1607-1610. They explore websites, develop a timeline, select two settlers to research, and write three letters written from the point of view of their...
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Math Word Problems

For Students 6th - 7th
In this word problems worksheet, students solve and complete 7 different word problems. First, they determine how long it takes a worker bee to complete a trip from her colony to a pollen and nectar source. Then, students find the number...
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Fourth Grade Social Studies Quiz

For Students 4th
In this social studies activity, 4th graders complete multiple choice questions about the colonies, The Boston Tea Party, Native Americans, and more. Students complete 15 questions.
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America the Bountiful

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders explore the impact exploration and colonization of North America had on human history. In this American colonies lesson, 5th graders compare differences between colonial areas. Students investigate the global impact of...
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Ant City

For Teachers K - 1st
Students develop an ant colony that adults and children can visit. Students create different areas including places where tourists can view live ants, play ant games, research facts about ants, and create ant art. Students serve as...
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Slavery in the Beginning: Creating a Virtual Museum

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Social studies learners explore slavery in the American colonies from 1607 to the Revolutionary War. In groups, they explore a PBS website and a virtual museum. Using these websites and other online resources, students create their own...
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Mapping the New World Lesson Plan

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students compare two maps of the same area from different time periods. In this American History lesson, students look at two maps of the English colonies from 1636 and 1651. They discuss why the maps changed and predict maps from the...
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Religious Tolerance in Pennsylvania

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students analyze Quakers including their beliefs.  In this religious tolerance lesson plan students predict the future effects of the colonies. 
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Utopian Promise

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Scholars learn all about the Puritans in the third installment of a 16-part lesson series. After watching a video, they read and discuss biographies of Puritans and Quakers from American history, write journal entries and poetry, and...
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A Little More Advanced Biotechnology Tools: Better Plasmids

For Teachers 9th - 12th
A nice set of information that will help your students understand the process of using recombinant plasmids. DNA hybridization and blotting mechanisms help illustrate expressed genes and the concepts behind the Human Genome Library....
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Changing Americans

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders compare and contrast colonial life with the present.
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Now You See Them, Now You Don't

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students explore the settlement of the Roanoke Colony. They research this Lost Colony and try to predict what happened to them.
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Where Did Foods Originate? (Foods of the New World and Old World)

For Teachers K - 12th
What do papayas, peanuts, pineapples, and potatoes have in common? Why, they are foods explorers brought back to the Old World. Young researchers use the Internet to investigate how New World explorers helped change the Old World's diet....

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