How Do We Know about Colonial Life?

Young history sleuths examine an inventory of the belongings of a Virginia colonist and use deductive reasoning to determine what the document reveals about colonial life. They then use a Venn diagram to compare the inventory with a partial inventory of their home and belongings.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Model for younger learners how to analyze and draw conclusions from an inventory of belongings
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires individual copies of the four handouts
  • Includes a teacher reference on colonial life
  • The step-by-step plan also includes extension and summary activities
  • None
Common Core