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Colonization Simulation: Using Sticky Notes!

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Colonization Simulation with sticky notes is a fun way to introduce the concept and impact of colonization in the Americas! I have been doing this simulation in some form for over ten years and finally wrote down this activity for other teachers to use. This activity has always been one of my students’ favorites, whether they were in 6th grade or 12th grade they loved it!

The Colonization Simulation activity is designed to allow student groups of four to five students to interact with their classmates to claim tables, chairs, and other objects as the teacher desires to reflect the competition of European countries during the time period of European exploration and colonization of the Americas. A group “wins” by marking the most chairs and tables with sticky notes. The start for the countries is staggered by time. Spain starts first, England starts 20 seconds later, and each additional country would be another 20 seconds or whatever the teacher desires. Seven countries are included in the simulation, but you can do the game with as few as two countries. Allow the simulation to last about 5 to 7 minutes; big classes might need less time. After the simulation, you as the teacher can ask discussion questions which are included in the simulation, or you can hand out a discussion sheet to each group or to each student as you desire. The set-up for the game will take most classes twenty to thirty minutes, you can also do the directions and set-up during one class period and the simulation and discussion in a second class period.

Special thanks for the clip art from The Imagination Academy.

Please check out my Explores and Colonization Collections and Individual Lessons Plans!

Explorers and Colonization Lesson Plan Collections
History Wizard’s Explorers and Colonization Lesson Plan Collection
Early Explorers and Colonization Sampler
Early Explorers Primary Source Worksheet Collection
Christopher Columbus Lesson Plan Collection
French in Florida Massacre Collection
Jamestown Lesson Plan Collection
Pilgrim Lesson Plan Collection
Pirate Lesson Plan Collection
French and Indian War Lesson Plan Collection

Individual Explorers and Colonization Lesson Plans

Webquests
Christopher Columbus Webquest
Early Explorers Webquest
Roanoke and Jamestown Webquest
Pocahontas Native American Webquest
Pilgrims Webquest
Slave Trade and Slavery Webquest
Triangle Trade and Slave Trade Webquest
Pirate Daily Life and Weapons Webquest
13 Colonies: Daily Life Webquest
French and Indian War Webquest

PowerPoints
Fort Caroline and the French Attempt to Colonize Florida PowerPoint
Pirate PowerPoint (Golden Age)

Short Video Worksheets
Historical Importance of the Potato in 4 Minutes Video Worksheet
Atlantic Slave Trade in 5 Minutes Video Worksheet
Age of Exploration: Navigation and Math in 4 Minutes Video Worksheet
Dutch Golden Age and Tulip Mania in 4 Minutes Video Worksheet

Primary and Secondary Worksheets, Journals, and Projects
Vikings Primary Source Worksheet: The Vikings “Discover America”
Who Really Discovered America Video Worksheet
Colonization Simulation: Using Sticky Notes
A Pox on the New World Worksheet (The Impact of Disease on the Americas)
Age of Exploration: Life on the Open Seas Worksheet
Early Explorer Hall of Fame and Shame Project
Christopher Columbus Primary Source Worksheet
Death of Magellan Primary Source Worksheet
Massacre in Florida Worksheet (The Defeat of the French in Florida)
The Spanish Massacre the French in Florida, 1565: Primary Source Worksheet
Jamestown Video Worksheet and Journal
Jamestown Worksheet: Jamestown Hangs in the Balance
Jamestown: John Smith is Saved by Pocahontas Primary Source Worksheet
Pilgrims and the Mayflower Primary Source Worksheet
Pilgrims and the First Thanksgiving Primary Source Worksheet
Pilgrim Journal Writing Activity
New Amsterdam Becomes New York Worksheet
Pirate Code of 1724 Primary Source Worksheet
Captured by Indians, 1758 (The Real Story of Mary Jemison Capture)
Scalping During the French and Indian War Primary Source Worksheet
Pontiac’s Rebellion Worksheet: French and Indian War
William Trent’s Journal: Pontiac’s Rebellion 1763 Primary Source
Indentured Servitude and Immigration in Colonial America Worksheet

Please check out the following lesson plan collections that have some or all of my Explorers and Colonization lesson plans.
American and World History Primary Sources Worksheet Collection
American History and United States Geography Collection (History Wizard)
World History and World Geography Collection (History Wizard)
American History, World History, and Geography Collection (History Wizard)

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Colonization Simulation: Using Sticky Notes!
Colonization Simulation: Using Sticky Notes!
Colonization Simulation: Using Sticky Notes!
Colonization Simulation: Using Sticky Notes!