Early European Colonies in America: Charts for Reading & Writing, Puzzles

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This resource about 10 European colonies in the New World helps students who are learning about the early history of America. As students learn about English, French, Spanish, Dutch, German, Swedish, and Russian colonies, they can use the blank charts to write responses to 10 questions based on information they read or hear. Students who have difficulty accessing grade-level texts can use the 10 charts with the information already filled in to learn about those colonies. Word search and crossword puzzles extend your students’ learning.

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* This resource is available in a money-saving bundle with 6 other resources about early Europeans in North America, which you can find HERE.

Resource at a Glance:

What will students learn?

Facts about 10 European colonies in what’s now the United States, including when, why, and where the colonies were founded, how the colonists lived, their relationships with the indigenous peoples they encountered, and the legacies of each colony; vocabulary words about the colonists.

Who is it for?

All students, including English Language Learners and other students who need support to access grade-level content.

How does it help teachers?

Filled-in charts present information about the colonies in language that is comprehensible for ELLs at intermediate and higher levels of language proficiency; blank charts can be used by all students to take notes about the colonies; word search and crossword puzzles can be used for homework, as fillers, or with early finishers.

What educators who have used this resource say about it:

♥ "Lots of good ideas to use." -- Mary F.

♥ "Thank you for a great resource!" -- A buyer.

Full Description:

Each blank chart is about 1 colony and has 10 questions and space for your students to write answers to the questions. There are 10 filled-in charts for each colony that answer those 10 questions. The charts can be used in several ways:

* As a graphic organizer while reading about the colonies, to consolidate information, or as a tool for checking comprehension upon completion of learning about the colonies.

* The filled-in charts can be utilized as a basic source of information for students--teachers can orally present the material to their classes as a listening comprehension activity and have students write down the facts in the blank charts.

* Teachers can cut the filled-in chart information into strips and do matching activities with them.

* The charts can also be used as study guides and can even be adapted to be used as tests.

* Once the charts are filled in, they can be used as the basis for writing activities.

Two templates of the blank charts are also included to provide flexibility for teachers who might want to teach about other colonies and for students who might need more space to write their responses.

In addition, there are 2 word search puzzles about the colonies, with 2 levels of difficulty for each one. The difference between the puzzles is how the words are written in the puzzles — in the harder puzzles, words also go diagonally but they do not in the easier puzzles. The words in the first word search are about the countries colonists came from and why they went to the New World. The words in the second word search are the names of some people and places as well as what some of the colonies became known for. All the words used in the word searches are found in the filled-in charts about the 10 colonies. There is an answer key for each word search puzzle.

Updated August 14, 2021: A crossword puzzle has been added to this resource! It uses the words from one of the word search puzzles. A word bank is provided for students who need extra support and an answer key is included for your convenience.

Compiling information in these charts lets students easily compare and contrast details about the colonization by European powers of what became the United States. Whether used for note-taking tasks, reading comprehension purposes, test review, or as the basis for writing activities, using these charts will help students learn about many early European colonies in America.

You can use this resource remotely in 2 ways:

a) Tell students to use the Google Drive version.

b) Send photocopies of blank and/or filled-in charts you want students to use or email students the charts and tell students to print them out if they have access to a printer. If using the blank charts, tell students to read their textbook or search online for answers to the questions and write answers in the appropriate sections on the charts. If you wish, have students send/email their work back to you so you check it. If using the filled-in charts, tell the students to read the charts. To use the puzzles, decide which ones to use and send photocopies home or email copies to students and tell them to print them out if they have access to a printer. Tell students to write answers to do the puzzles, then send/email the work back to you so you can check it. Alternatively, you can also send home the answer keys and tell students to correct the puzzles themselves.

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What you get in this product:

In the PDF File:

★ A table of contents for easy reference (1 page)

★ A Notes to the Teacher page with background information and suggestions for using the charts (2 pages)

★ Instructions on how to access the Google Drive™ materials (1 page)

★ A list of ELA Common Core standards this resource helps address (1 page)

★ Sample WIDA Model Performance Indicators (1 page)

★ Blank charts with 10 questions, labeled with the names of 10 early European colonies and a cover page (11 pages)

★ Charts filled in with the answers to the 10 questions about early European colonies and a cover page (11 pages)

★ Two templates of the blank chart and a cover page (3 pages)

★ 1 word search puzzle about the countries colonists came from and why they went to the New World, with 2 levels of difficulty and answer keys included (4 pages)

★ 1 word search puzzle about people and colonies and what they're known for, with 2 levels of difficulty and answer keys included (4 pages)

★ 1 crossword puzzle, with word bank and answer key (3 pages)

In the Google Drive Materials:

★ Cover page (1 slide)

★ Blank charts with 10 questions, labeled with the names of 10 early European colonies and a cover page (11 slides)

★ Charts filled in with the answers to the 10 questions about 10 early European colonies and a cover page (11 slides)

★ Two templates of the blank chart (3 slides)

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Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.
Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.
Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources; assess the credibility of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and providing basic bibliographic information for sources.
Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; summarize or paraphrase information in notes and finished work, and provide a list of sources.
Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.

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