13 Colonies Card Sort: for individual or group use
Perfect to use as a whole-class review or in groups. Also great for centers or an "I'm Done!" activity.
Students will review the 3 regions of the 13 colonies and learn each region's government, geography, economy, culture, as well as which states were in each region. Includes a total of 15 fact cards plus 5 vocabulary cards with definitions for an additional matching activity!
What are sort cards?
Sort cards are informational terms and facts printed on small cards that students sort into categories.
Why use sort cards?
Sort cards are useful for reviewing information students have already been exposed to. Sometimes sort cards can be used to activate prior knowledge or see how much students already know. I suggest using the 13 colonies sort cards AFTER students have learned the information.
How to use?
Set-up: Make enough sets of cards so that students can work in groups of 4 or 5. Prior to using, cut out all of the cards on all pages and mix them up. Pass out the sets to each group and have them sort them into the three regions. Each region will have the list of states, geography, economy, government, and culture for the region. Helpful hint: Write numbers on the back of each set, so that if the cards get mixed up you can easily determine which cards belong to which set.
What worked for me?
My students are very competitive. I usually put each set in an envelope and pass out the envelopes. Students cannot open the envelope until I say “Go!”. Then, they race against each other to put all the cards in the right category first.
13 Colonies Around the Room: Another Way to Use
Another way to use the cards is to label 3 corners in your classroom the 3 regions: New England Colonies, Mid-Atlantic Colonies, and Southern Colonies. Pass out fact cards to each student and have them go to corresponding corners. There they should discuss whether or not everyone is in the right place. Then have students read out their cards to the whole class to review each region.
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