This unit is about the building of the first colonies. Each lesson goes over certain places that were colonized as in the Americas. The big idea in this unit is cooperation and conflict. There are many cultural differences and competition for land that it leads to conflicts among different groups of people in the Americas. Each lesson builds off of each other because the Spanish came over first and then other European countries followed them. The colonies that are discussed in this lesson are the Spanish, Virginia, Plymouth, and the French and the Dutch. With each lesson, it explains why the settlers came over and what they were looking for. It also talks heavily about the relationships that the settlers and Native Americans had. In every chapter, there was a recurring theme of how the settlers felt about the Native Americans. In the beginning they did not like them but then used them to help with food and trade. Eventually, conflicts arose and the settlers and Native Americans ended up fighting or going to war. Even if there were wars between people, the reason the class goes over this unit is to show how the Americas were founded and who found what areas.