COLONIAL PERIOD (Lessons 11-20/100) American/U.S. History Curriculum

COLONIAL PERIOD (Lessons 11-20/100) American/U.S. History Curriculum
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Supplement the textbook and eliminate prep time with these 10 ready-to-use reproducible U.S. history lessons that make it fun to learn about the Colonial Period.

Your 5th or 6th graders will enjoy a wide variety of high-interest activities for individuals, small groups, or the entire class. Among other things to do, class members will have fun playing JEOPARDY: Founding the Colonies!

Most lessons have four or five activity sheets and can be finished in one or two class periods. Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key provided for each lesson. A majority of the lessons include a 20-question follow-up quiz. The quizzes can also be given as homework assignments or review exercises. Most of the information-filled lessons are able to be used without a textbook.

LESSON/ACTIVITY TITLES (11-20 of 100)
11. Map Exercise: The Thirteen Colonies
12. The Jamestown Settlement
13. The Puritans
14. The Salem Witchcraft Trials
15. Jeopardy: Founding the Colonies
16. Settlers Cross the Atlantic
17. Slaves Come to America
18. Colonial Period: The Economy
19. Colonial Period: Trade and Commerce
20. Colonial Period: Government

Detailed descriptions of these lessons are provided below.


LESSON 11. Map Exercise: The Thirteen Colonies

OBJECTIVE:
To understand the events which led to the founding of the Thirteen English Colonies in America.

TIME:
30 minutes

Begin by reading with the class the background information about the events which led to the founding of the Thirteen Colonies. Once finished, assign the Map Exercise.

Class members will label the four New England Colonies, four Middle Colonies, and the five Southern Colonies. Also, four historical events and the dates when they occurred will be printed on the map. Students then print the names of early American towns on the map.

Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.


LESSON 12. The Jamestown Settlement

OBJECTIVE:
To become familiar with the people and events involved in the establishment of the first permanent English settlement in America.

TIME:
1 class period

Students read a story about the Jamestown Settlement. Afterwards, the stories are collected by the teacher.

Each class member is then given a different version of the story about Jamestown. This version is different in that many key words, names, and terms are missing. Students must try to fill in the spaces with the missing words, names, and terms that correctly complete the sentences. Students can find the correct answers in a list that is provided.

ACTIVITY OPTIONS:
This lesson can be turned into a fun contest between individual class members, or pairs, to see who can come up with the most correct answers by the end of the period. You can also turn this into a game by dividing the class into two teams that will take turns trying to identify the correct answers as you read through the story with them.

Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included.


LESSON 13. The Puritans

OBJECTIVE:
To understand the influence of Puritanism on the development of colonial New England.

TIME:
1 class period

In this lesson, students participate in a fun contest. The winners are the first people to correctly unscramble all of the key words in a series of 40 sentences. The sentences contain information about the Puritans, who founded the Massachusetts Bay Colony during the early 1600s. Complete contest rules are provided on the lesson pages.

If your students like competition, they will love this contest!

Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.


LESSON 14. The Salem Witchcraft Trials

OBJECTIVE:
To study the causes and major events of the witchcraft hysteria in Salem, Massachusetts, in the 1690s.

TIME:
1-2 class periods

This fun activity includes three word search puzzles for the students. Class members learn about the Salem witchcraft trials by finding and circling key words, names, and terms on the puzzles. These words, names, and terms will then be inserted in spaces that complete the sentences in a story about the witchcraft trials.

At the end of the lesson, assign the five Thought Questions and discuss student responses. This helps develop critical thinking skills.

Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included.


LESSON 15. Jeopardy: Founding the Colonies

OBJECTIVE:
To summarize the major events in the establishment of the Thirteen Colonies.

TIME:
2 class periods

This lesson begins as class members read a summary of the major events in the founding of the Thirteen Colonies. The summary includes sections with information about each colony. Give students time to underline or highlight the key words, names, terms, and ideas. They can use this information during the playing of the JEOPARDY games. There is a Game 1 and Game 2.

SPECIAL NOTE:
Each time my students walk into class and see JEOPARDY categories on the board, they get excited. The competition in these games make social studies class a lot of fun.

Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.


LESSON 16. Settlers Cross the Atlantic

OBJECTIVE:
To become familiar with some of the problems and dangers faced by settlers crossing the Atlantic Ocean during the 1600s.

TIME:
1 and 1/2 class periods

Begin by reading with the class the story about what it was like for people in Europe to cross the Atlantic Ocean and settle in America during the 1600s.

Afterwards, students will do a writing assignment where they pretend they were on one of the ships that crossed the Atlantic at that time. Each class member will explain what it was like to cross the ocean on a crowded ship that included their family and 100 other settlers from England.

The students' stories should be 150 words or more and include some of the things that were mentioned in the background information in the first five paragraphs that were read at the beginning of this lesson. A list of some other guidelines is also given to help students write their stories, such as their reason for leaving England, and what did their family do during its first year in America.

Teacher Instructions included.


LESSON 17. Slaves Come to America

OBJECTIVE:
To learn about conditions on board a slave ship, and the method by which Africans were sold into slavery.

TIME:
1 class period

In this lesson, students read a story about the Atlantic slave trade (also known as the transatlantic slave trade) with missing words, names, and terms. For each blank space, two possible answers are given in parentheses. Each class member needs to decide which words in the parentheses should be written in the spaces in order to correctly complete the sentences.

Have the students work individually during class time. They will learn a great deal about the Atlantic slave trade.

Next, in a section entitled "Gustavus Vassa Crosses the Atlantic," class members read a primary source account that is one of the few first-hand descriptions of a slave ship crossing the ocean. Once finished, students will answer questions. Some can be answered using specific information from the reading. Others require critical thinking skills.

Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.


LESSON 18. Colonial Period: The Economy

OBJECTIVE:
To become familiar with ways of earning a living in the Thirteen Colonies.

TIME:
1 and 1/2 class periods
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This lesson begins by reading the introductory paragraphs with the class.

Next, assign the Map Exercise and Matching Exercise. Finish this lesson with the Antique Auction. It involves competition between two teams, and is always certain to be fun.

Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.


LESSON 19. Colonial Period: Trade and Commerce

OBJECTIVE:
To become familiar with colonial trade patterns and the influence of England's mercantilist policies.

TIME:
1 class period

In this lesson, students compete against each other in a contest about trade and commerce during the Colonial Period.

Class members are given time to identify as many products as they can that are traded between the New England Colonies, Middle Colonies, and Southern Colonies. The competition is fierce! The winners will be announced.

Afterwards, the kids enjoy working on three map exercises showing triangular trade routes.

Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.


LESSON 20. Colonial Period: Government

OBJECTIVE:
To become familiar with the structure and democratic features of colonial government.

TIME:
1 class period

Students learn about colonial government by using information on two charts that diagram how colonial governors and colonial legislatures were chosen.

This lesson also contains sections on the Court System and Democracy in the Thirteen Colonies.

ACTIVITY OPTIONS:
While this lesson can be completed by individuals, it can also be a lot of fun if the class is divided into two teams that try to correctly answer the most questions on the lesson pages.

Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.
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