Settling the Colonies: 1600s-1700s

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4th - 5th
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This set of 100+ usable pages, helps you engage students in the study of the United States colonies. The 20 comprehension passages focus students understanding of America's history by using text-based questioning. The various interactive notebook pieces, a colony creation project for whole-class or small-group engagement, comparison opportunities, and even an opinion writing piece with support pages for differentiation will bring deeper learning to these complex concepts at a kid-friendly level.

This set is vital for any teacher trying to use their valuable time more efficiently.

The New World was a place of hope. People flocked from all over to seek economical opportunities, freedom of religious worship, and political freedom. It was a brilliant and dark time. The settling of the colonies was the beginning of uprisings and wars with the Native Americans. Entitlement drove both sides. The colonial times were intriguing but not everyone survived.

⭐"We need to learn from history, or we are doomed to repeat it." ⭐

How to Use:

All you have to do is pick your standard, print the pages you need for it, and add it to your own lesson plan! This set will save you HOURS of work (I know because this set took me over 150hours to create;). It is also more relevant than most textbooks for social studies. How do I know? I used to teach these standards from a textbook ... hence my creating these units. What makes this set even better is that you can use it in your reading block and apply reading standards!


P2-8 – Thanks, Previews, Contents, Standards Lists

p.9-36 – Standard Posters/Visuals (color & b/w)

p.37-46 – Vocabulary Words and Definition Strips

p.47-49 – The Lost Colony Reading Comprehension & Interactive Notebook Pieces

p.50-The Thirteen Colonies Reading Comprehension

P.51-53 – Colony Regions Compass Rose Activity

p.54-55 – Thirteen Colonies Mini Posters and Puzzle/Label Activity

p.56-61 – New England Colonies Reading Comprehension & Venn-Diagram Interactive Notebook Piece

p58-59 - Middle Colonies Reading Comprehension & Venn-Diagram Interactive Notebook Piece

p.60-61 - Southern Colonies Reading Comprehension & Venn-Diagram Interactive Notebook Piece

p.62- Colony Economics Reading Comprehension

p.63 - 64 – Colonial Resources Activity Page & Interactive Notebook Flap Book Sort

p.65-69 – Visuals: Colonial Clothing (Men & Women), Mayflower Voyage, Plymouth, Inside Plymouth

p.70-71 – Colonial House (or village) Project and Project Foldable

p.72-73 – Colonial Jobs/Chores – Interactive Notebook Pieces

p.74-75 – Virginia Reading Comprehension & Interactive Notebook Piece

p.76 – Georgia & James Oglethorpe Reading Comprehension

p.77 - Rhode Island Reading Comprehension

p.78 – South Carolina Reading Comprehension

p.79 – Maryland Reading Comprehension

p.80 – Pennsylvania Reading Comprehension

p.81-82 – All About ___ Colony Research Brochure

p.83-84 – All About ___ (Founder) Research Brochure

p.85 – Colonies Time Line Activity

p.86 – Pilgrims, Puritans, & New England Reading Comprehension

p.87 – Thanksgiving Reading Comprehension

p.88-89 – Thanksgiving Sequence (color & b/w)

p.90 – Colonial Decisions Cootie Catcher

p.91 – Who’s Land is This, Anyways? Reading Comprehension

p.92 – Opinions Writing Organizer

p.93-94 – Opinion Writing Stationary (Native OR Colonist)

p.95 – Entitlement Venn Diagram Interactive Notebook Piece

p.96 – Pequot War Reading Comprehension

p.97 – King Philip’s War Reading Comprehension

p.98 – Native American Uprisings Venn Diagram Interactive Notebook Piece

p.99 – Wilderness Road (Daniel Boone) Reading Comprehension

p.100 - Thomas Sharpe Spencer Reading Comprehension

p.101 – Thomas Walker Reading Comprehension

p.102 – Founder/Explorer Cut ‘n Paste Activity

p.103-105 – Founder Concentration Game

p.106 - Master QR Code Set (16 Codes in All)

p.107-118 – QR Code Cards (3 Versions – Full Color, Less Color, Printer-Friendly)

p.119 – QR Code Interactive Notebook Flab Book Piece

p.120-121 - Credit


Social Studies:

✅4.7 Summarize the failure of the lost colony of Roanoke and theorize what happened.

✅4.8 Describe the early competition between European nations for control of North America and locate the colonization efforts of the English, Dutch, French, and Spanish on a map.

✅4.9 Compare and contrast the differing views of American Indians and colonists on ownership or use of land and the conflicts between them, including the Pequot and King Philip’s Wars in New England.

✅4.10 Explain the cooperation that existed between the colonists and American Indians during the 1600s and 1700s, including fur trade, military alliances, treaties, and cultural interchanges.

✅4.11 Describe the conflicts between Indian nations, including the competing claims for control of land.

✅4.12 Analyze the factors that led to the defeat of the American Indians, including the resistance of Indian nations to encroachment and the effects on native culture.

✅4.13 Locate the first 13 colonies and explain how their location and geographic features influenced their development and settlement patterns.

✅4.14 Write informative texts identifying major leaders and groups responsible for the founding of colonies in North America and the reasons for their founding, including: • Lord Baltimore, Maryland • John Smith, Virginia • Roger Williams, Rhode Island • John Winthrop, Massachusetts • William Bradford, Plymouth • James Oglethorpe, Georgia • William Penn, Pennsylvania

✅4.15 Cite and explain examples from informational texts about how economic opportunities and political, religious, and social institutions evolved in the colonial era.

✅4.16 Making use of primary documents, analyze the early democratic ideas and practices that emerged during the colonial period, including the significance of representative assemblies and town meetings and contrast these with the presence of enslavement in all colonies. (Limited) {QR Research}

✅4.17 Describe the major religious tenets of the earliest colonies, including: • Puritanism in Massachusetts • Quakerism in Pennsylvania

✅4.18 Explain various reasons why people came to the colonies, including profit, religious freedom, slavery, and indentured servitude.

✅4.19 Locate and label on a map the location of Jamestown, Plymouth, New Netherland, New Sweden, and the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

✅4.20 Explain the impact of individuals who created interest in land west of the Appalachian Mountains, including:

• long hunters

• Daniel Boone-Wilderness Road

• Thomas Sharpe Spencer

• William Bean

• Dr. Thomas Walker

Primary Documents and Supporting Texts to Read: Excerpts from John Smith’s Starving Time, excerpts from Bradford’s Of Plymouth Plantation Primary Documents and Supporting Texts to Consider: excerpts from the Mayflower Compact; excerpts from the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut


✅4.RL.KID.1 Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly; refer to details and examples in a text when drawing inferences from the text.

✅4.RI.KID.2 Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize a text.

✅4.RI.KID.3 Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in a text.

✅4.RI.CS.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.

✅4.RL.CS.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that refer to significant characters and situations found in literature and history.

✅4.RI.CS.5 Describe the overall structure of events, ideas, and concepts of information in a text or part of a text.

✅4.RI.IKI.7 Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.

✅4.RI.RRTC.10 Read and comprehend stories and informational texts throughout the grades 4-5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding at the high end as needed.

✅4.SL.PKI.4 Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.

✅4.W.TTP.1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information. a. Introduce a topic or text. b. Develop an opinion with reasons that are supported by facts and details. c. Create an organizational structure in which related ideas are grouped to support the writer’s purpose. d. Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented. e. Link opinion and reasons using words and phrases.

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