Looking for a FUN way to teach a somewhat boring topic? Try my in-class Colonial Economics Project! I’ve done this for years and it is always a FAVORITE of all of my students! Students take on the identity of a Virginia Colonist and participate in in-class activities to practice the economic concepts they learn in your Colonial Virginia Unit. (I’ve geared the activities to Virginia Colony to correspond with the VA SOLs, but this project could be used for studying the Colonies in general.) Kids create a “wallet” to store all of their papers from the activities (receipts, tobacco notes, home maps, etc.). I’ve also included ideas for a final project if you’d like to use it as a cumulative assessment.
This 32 page packet includes:
*Economic Notes/Instructional Materials
#1—Picking Names & Making Wallets
#3—Bartering with Goods & Services
#5—Shopping on Credit/Collecting Debt
#6—Colonist Migration Routes & Homes
#7—A Colonial Diet
This project corresponds perfectly with my Colonial Virginia instructional SMARTboard & Interactive Notebook – also featured here on TPT! My class does the project as we study the concepts in the SMARTboard & complete our corresponding notebook pages.