Thematic Units - Colonial America

Colonial America

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Lesson Plans

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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.

17th Century Music and Dance Grades 3-5
A lesson plan describing the musical instruments, dances, and songs of the colonial era. Lesson provides song lyrics, dance steps, and web links.

17th-Century Pastimes and Sports Grades 5-12
Printable directions for playing Blind Man's Bluff, Hunt the Slipper, Blow Out, and Ring Taw.

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.

1800-1860 Research Grades Intermediate
Students learn about the major conflicts going on in the country prior to the Civil War.

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.

Ben Franklin Timeline Grades K-6
A lesson plan guiding students in understanding the characteristics and contributions of a leader as the work cooperatively to make a class timeline. This lesson could be adapted for study of other leaders.

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 activity 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.

Cultures in Contact Grades Intermediate
A ten page teacher's guide in PDF format that provides information and activity ideas about the interactions between the English settlers of Jamestown and Native Americans.

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.

Geography of the English Settlements Grades 3-5
Students locate Boston, Philadelphia, and Charleston, and learn why settlements grew near rivers. They also learn three colonial regions: New England, Middle Atlantic, and Southern through a printable chart.

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.

Material Possessions Grades Intermediate
Students analyze the Godbertson family inventory to learn about settlers of the Plymouth colony.

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.

Of Pen and Ink Grades 4-6
Students learn about the writing tools used by the colonist before the invention of pens and pencils.

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
Directions for making a pilgrim hat with a paper plate, black paint, glue, tape, and construction paper.

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

Pilgrim Hat for Girls Grades Various
A pattern and directions for making a girl's pilgrim hat.

Pilgrim Life Adventure Grades Intermediate
An instructional unit that can be completed online or off. Students explore their family trees, make a venn diagram comparing modern life and pilgrim life, design a vehicle to travel to the New World, and perform a play about living as a Pilgrim.

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.

The Thirteen Colonies Grades 3-5
Two lesson plans exploring economics in the New World. Students learn the economic reasons colonists settled in America, and understand what job opportunities were available in the colonies. A printable worksheet about colonial jobs is provided.

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.

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Web Sites

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

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Books

1621: A new Look at Thanksgiving
by Catherine O'Neill Grace

The Arrow over the Door
by Joseph Bruchac

Draw Write Now, Book 3: Native Americans, North America, Pilgrims
by Marie Hablitzel

Five Smooth Stones : Hope's Diary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1776, (My America)
by Kristiana Gregory

Hasty Pudding, Johnnycakes, and Other Good Stuff : Cooking in Colonial America
by Loretta Frances Ichord

The Journal of Jasper Jonathan Pierce : A Pilgrim Boy (My Name Is America)
by Ann Rinaldi

The Journal of William Thomas Emerson : A Revolutionary War Patriot (My Name Is America)
by Barry Denenberg

The Light and the Glory for Children : Discovering God's Plan for America from Christopher Columbus to George Washington
by Peter Marshall

The Lyon's Cub (The Lyon Saga)
by M. L. Stainer

Outrageous Women of Colonial America (Outrageous Women)
by Mary Rodd Furbee

Puritans, Pilgrims, and Merchants : Founders of the Northeastern Colonies (Shaping America Series Vol. 1)
by Kieran Doherty

Standing in the Light : The Captive Diary of Catherine Carey Logan, Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania,1763 (Dear America)
by Mary Pope Osborne

The Story of Thanksgiving
by Robert Merrill Bartlett

Squanto's Journey
by Joseph Bruchac

Uppity Women of the New World (Uppity Women Series)
by Vicki Leon

Welcome to Felicity's World, 1774 : Growing Up in Colonial America (American Girls Collection (Cloth))
by Catherine Gourley

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