This engaging group activity helps students to grasp the myriad of difficulties that the colonists of Roanoke, Jamestown and Plymouth had to face. I used this activity before teaching about the these three earliest English colonies as a sort of anticipatory set for the rest of the unit. As students learned about the three colonies, I referred back to this activity when talking about the locations of Roanoke, Jamestown and Plymouth.
Be careful! This activity can run away with time. It is important to set a firm time limit on the activity, or modify it for younger learners, or the students will take three days to complete it!