13 Colonies Activities Bundle: Life in Colonial America with Print & Digital

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This was my go to for teaching the colonies. I loved the differentiated passages and activities that went along with it.
Well thought out, useful to give students a better understanding of the topic. Great addition to our unit on Colonial America.

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    Colonial Times Crossword Puzzle


    Inside this Colonial America bundle, are 20 leveled reading passages about Life in Colonial Times, 13 Colonies Activities, graphic organizers, map activities, Google Slides, a PowerPoint, task cards, a unit test, and vocabulary.

    What's Inside:

    • Activity Pack (PDF) with Leveled Passages
    • Digital Version in Google Slides
    • Unit Test
    • PowerPoint Presentation
    • Task Cards
    • BIG-MATS Activity Mats
    • Teacher Directions
    • Answer Keys

    BONUS: 13 Colonies Crossword Puzzle

    With this complete unit, students will learn all about Life in the 13 Colonies with everything you need to explore the three different regions:

    ✔New England Colonies

    ✔Mid-Atlantic Colonies

    ✔Southern Colonies

    This MEGA Unit includes many interactive activities and learning opportunities for students with leveled reading passages about:

    ✔Life in the New England Colonies

    ✔The Puritans

    ✔Life in Mid-Atlantic Colonies

    ✔The Quakers

    ✔Life in Southern Colonies

    ✔Life on the Southern Plantations

    ✔Shipbuilding & Plows

    ✔Natural Resources in the 13 Colonies

    This non-fiction resource also includes information about trades, craftsmen, and artisans:






    ✔Town Criers






    ✔Who am I Activity

    There are lots of interactive activities:

    ✔Maps for each region

    ✔Close Passages with Answer Keys

    ✔Graphic Organizers

    ✔Brochure Activity for INB's

    ✔Task Cards


    ✔5-page Flip Book

    ✔Mystery Flaps Pages

    ✔Who am I? Colonial Jobs Activity

    ✔Vocabulary Posters

    ✔Spotlight on Vocabulary

    There are four main parts:

    Vocabulary Posters & Activities:

    Introduce the vocabulary words with the real-life photo posters included. You could post these posters around the classroom and have students travel around to match up and define the words in their flip flaps or use them as a center activity. These colorful posters are excellent for a bulletin board display too!

    Reading Passages:

    Have students read the passages with three different difficulty levels about each region in the 13 Colonies: New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Southern Colonies. The informational articles focus on each region related to people, natural resources, climate, daily life, crops, houses, schooling, and economy.

    There are graphic organizers and activities for students to complete at that center or learning station that ties it all together. Plus there are a map and mystery flaps activity pages to round out the activities. Also, this 13 Colonies Activity Pack includes character studies for the Puritans, Quakers, and the Southern Plantations.

    Colonial Jobs:

    Students can read about the artisans and craftsmen of the 13 colonies. There are character studies for:

    • Basket-makers
    • Blacksmiths
    • Printers
    • Shoemakers
    • Tailors
    • Silversmiths

    There’s a hands-on “Who am I?” activity for students to figure out who each artisan it is from their job description. There’s also mini-focus info about merchants, brick-makers, wig-makers, coopers, town criers, and cabinet-makers that you could use with the Writing Prompt about choosing an apprenticeship.

    PowerPoint Presentation:

    There's a 100-slide PowerPoint presentation with information about each region: New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Southern Colonies. It has vocabulary slides and a quiz to check for understanding.

    Each slide has colorful scenes to help students connect to the information. The slideshow presentation can be used as a visual representation for the whole class to follow along and complete the organizers at a computer center or even for review at the end of the unit.

    NOTE: This unit has been updated and improved according to the Marketplace Integrity Guidelines established by TpT.

    Standards Addressed:

    Explain the factors that shaped British Colonial America.

    a. Identify key reasons why the New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Southern colonies were founded (religious freedom and profit).

    b. Compare and contrast colonial life in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Southern colonies (education, economy, and religion).

    c. Describe colonial life in America of various people such as landowners, farmers, artisans, women, children, indentured servants, slaves, and Native Americans.


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