South Carolina Standard 7-1, Lesson 1
7th Grade Social Studies Standard 7-1, The student will demonstrate an understanding of the growth and impact of global trade on world civilizations after 1600.
Essential Question: What is the impact of Global Trade on the world after 1600?
Students will become classroom archaeologists. They will “find” artifacts from an archaeology tub or dig site (depending on your classroom and school), determine what the item could be, and then categorize the items as either from the Americas or not from the Americas using the provided graphic organizer.
A simulation reading activity about early American colonies will help the students determine if their graphic organizer is correct. It will also allow students to really connect with the content.
As the final activity students will create a large map of their own personal colony with a side bar key of materials needed within the colony. After students create their colony according to the guidelines, they will have to color code the map by imports and exports.
Lesson may take 2-3 days, depending on your students' abilities and class length.
Lesson Plans (see the preview for details)
Archaeology Dig Graphic Organizer
Indentured Servant Contract
Project Instructions and Rubric
You will have to create the archaeology bins. Recommended items for the archaeology bins or dig are included in the lesson plan, but teachers can adjust the materials to fit another colonial location. Most materials I use come from the Dollar Store and are very inexpensive.