With this learning tool, I hope that your students are able to learn about the original 13 English colonies, while getting a little exercise in!
This program has been designed to give the students basic background knowledge on the founding of the 13 English colonies. The students will “walk” from one colony to the next. When they arrive at the destination, a little historical mini-lesson about that particular colony will take place. Then students are off walking again to get to the next colonial stopping point!
There are many different variations on how you can use this pack. First you must decide how you want the students to earn the “miles” so that they can travel from one stop to the next. You can have them:
* walk laps around the school/track (one lap = one mile or some sort of equivalent).
* read a certain amount of pages in a book to equate to one mile.
* do at home exercise and bring in the actual miles they have walked.
* reach certain behavior targets to earn “miles”.
There are many different possibilities as to how the students can actually earn the miles needed to tour around the colonies. However, once you have that system in place, it should be pretty easy to get to each of the stops in a relatively short time. With 20 – 35 kids all earning miles, if you combine them together (ie: 20 kids each walked 10 laps, that would be 200 miles) each day there should be no problem reaching the colonial destinations. Another variation would be simply to go from one stop to the next, without actually tracking any miles.
The order of the stops was determined by the founding date of the colony. The tour begins with the founding of Roanoke in 1587 and ends with Georgia’s founding in 1732. I consulted many different sources for the dates of each colony founding and settled upon the most widely accepted dates (as I know there are some discrepancies in the records.) Because Carolina was originally conceived as one large colony, the students will travel there first, then back again as the one colony is split into two. All of the colonial research was done through many different reputable sources.
This pack includes:
* Information cards for each colony.
* A mile tracker with the distances from one colonial stop to the next.
* Detailed instructions for setting up the Student Record Folder and classroom display.
* A "cheat sheet" so you know where each stop is on the map.
* Blank cards to add your own stops in.