It is more engaging for students to search the web for information than reading it from a textbook!
This activity gives students a web site, where they click on each of the colonies to gather data. The data includes the year the colony was founded, major cities, major industries, natural resources, and climate.
I like my kids to have this basic foundation as it lends itself, as the year progresses, to the understanding of the economies of each region. Why was farming the main industry in the South? Why did manufacturing take off in the north? Knowing the natural resources, climate, and major industries gives the students background knowledge as the curriculum continues throughout the year.
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