Thematic Units - Colonial America

Colonial America

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The Teacher's Corner Resources Thanksgiving Grades All
View our Thanksgiving resources and lesson plans. Many of them may help you with your Colonial American thematic unit planning.

13 Colonies Map/Quiz Printout Grades 5-7
A great printable resource.

13 Colonies Printout Grades 5-7
A printable blackline map of the original colonies to label and color.

18th Century Documents
This is college-level reading- but it contains complete transcripts of major political documents including the Articles of Confederation- The Constitution- and the papers of the first presidents.

A Study of the Colonial Economy from 1600-1750 Grades 5-7
Information and pictures, project ideas, classroom games, and a colonial marketplace reenactment about colonial markets, trade, jobs, money, imports and exports, and mercantilism.

Colonial America Grades 5-7
A 1776 map of the colonies. (PDF File)

Colonial Arithmetic Grades Intermediate
Students solve colonial math problems by converting pound, pence, shillings, and farthings on this printable worksheet.

Colonial Kids Grades Intermediate
Information and projects for learning about Colonial life. Click on activities for recipes, crafts, games, and more.

Come to America! Grades 5-7
Students create a brochure that would attract settlers to the east coast of North America in the late 1600s or early 1700s.

Creating a Colony Grades Upper Elementary - Middle
This is a great project for your class during your study of the Thirteen Colonies.

The Crossing of the Mayflower Grades Various
Students use a blackline map to answer questions about the pilgrims journey on this printable worksheet.

Explore the Amazing World of Early America Grades Intermediate
Read George Washington's 1789 proclamation declaring Thanksgiving a national holiday (see Firsts). This is just one of many interesting 18th Century documents taken from newspapers- books- maps and magazines of the period.

How-to Posters Grades 5-8
Students use writing and drawing skills to create a poster explaining how to do something useful during colonial times.

Life on Plymouth Plantation Grade 3
Students explore Plymouth colonial life, answer questions, and write a series of letters through this web-based lesson plan with teacher notes.

The Mayflower Compact Grades Intermediate
Students understand the writers' intent of the Mayflower Compact, and create their own class compacts.

The Mayflower Landed Here Grades Intermediate
Printable readings and a worksheet about the reasons the Pilgrims came to America, the Mayflower Compact, and early colonial government. This lesson is in PDF format.

Mayflower Supplies Grades Various
A printable worksheet that asks students to research the supplies needed by the pilgrims.

Pilgrim Children Name Game Grades Various
Students read clues to match the name of the pilgrim to the picture. This is a reproducible worksheet.

Pilgrim Hat Grades Various
A pattern and directions for making a pilgrim hat.

Paper Pilgram Bonnet Grades Various
A pattern and directions for making a girl's pilgrim hat.

Pilgrim Unit Grades 3-8
Through seven lessons, students learn about the location of the Plymouth colony, life aboard the Mayflower, hardships faced by the colonists, and more.

Stratford Hall Plantation Grades Intermediate
Activity ideas about colonial life from the birthplace of General Robert E. Lee. Students play online games, print out puzzles, make a whirligig, and learn about various aspects of colonial life.

Saugus Ironworks: Life and Work at an Early American Industrial Site Grades Intermediate
Students use provided maps, readings, photographs, and graphic sources to learn about colonial industry. Students understand the relationship between the areas natural resources and industrial development, and compare this industry in Saugus, Massachusetts to an early industry in their own communities.

Virtual Jamestown Grades Intermediate
Eight lesson plans with reproducible worksheets and resources. Students use census data to research jobs of colonists, create a newsletter, and evaluate candidates for the leadership of the Jamestown colony.

Welcome To America: Life In The Colonies Grades Intermediate
A collection of resources for teaching about Colonial America. Students explore the colonial school system, investigate an online mystery, and participate in Colonial Day activities.

More Lesson Plans! Also see our other Lesson Plans, Thematic Units and Activities organized by month.

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Web Sites

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin Grades Various
Read the autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, written between 1771-1788.

The First Thanksgiving Grades Various
Take a voyage on the Mayflower.

More Lesson Plans! Also see our other Lesson Plans, Thematic Units and Activities organized by month.

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