This is a fun and completely self contained one period lesson that can fit anywhere in a unit on the colonies and will work with just about any age group. Everything you need is right here; you just have to make the copies. On the handout, students are given a list of 26 last names such as Baker or Cutler, which they try to match to a list of 26 colonial professions. My students have always had fun with this activity, and the discussion afterwards can be fun, too, when a student in the class has a list name on the list or when they talk about famous last names, such as Harry Potter. I've also included the answers and talking points for some of the answers, explaining the country of origin of the word or relating the name to something else that the students know (like Cutler being related to the name Cutler).
In addition, I've included two activities that can be done in class or as a homework assignment, both of which get the students to evaluate the importance of these jobs. I've also included instructional objectives, background information, procedure, and assessment to make it easier if this lesson is to be used for an observation.
Sorry I couldn't get the thumbnails to work...I'm new at this, but I'll try to figure it out.
This really is a great lesson that I look forward to using with my students. I hope that you like it, and if you do, don't be afraid to follow me (on TpT, I mean, not in any other creepy way:) or post comments.
Thanks. Anthony DeFusto