13 Colonies Lesson Plans
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15 detailed lesson plans
3 weeks of activities
Answer keys (of course!)
150+ pages with a variety of activities (simulations, primary source analysis, PowerPoint presentation, Jeopardy-style reviews, and so much more!)
Your students will…
…develop a rich understanding of the cultures, economies, and groups that made up the 13 Colonies.
…be insanely engaged (They will love the fur trading simulation and the Jeopardy-style review games).
…beg you for more history lessons. Seriously.
…be able to spend more time with people you love instead of planning lessons on the weekends (I’ve been there and I know the struggle).
…feel proud of the way you are teaching your social studies standards.
…enjoy TEACHING instead of stressing about planning.
Table of Contents:
Week 1: The Southern Colonies
Colonization Introduction—PowerPoint presentation & KL worksheet
Jamestown Simulation—activity where students act like the settlers of Jamestown and make decisions about their survival with article and student worksheets
History of the Southern Colonies—article about the history of each Southern colony and comprehension questions
Life in the Southern Colonies—task cards about aspects of Southern life (religion, education, social classes, etc.), student recording sheet, and reflection
All About the Southern Colonies Game—student information booklet, jeopardy questions, and jeopardy board (covers the Southern Colonies’ economy, geography, important people, Native Americans, & religions)
Week 2: The New England Colonies
The Mayflower and Plymouth Colony—facts about New England, article about the Mayflower and Plymouth Colony, interactive timeline, and reflection
Early American Constitutions—activity analyzing The Mayflower Compact and The Fundamental Orders of Connecticut, simulation where students create their own constitution
Puritan Life—artifacts about Puritan life (religion, education, social classes, etc.) and student recording sheet
The Salem Witch Trials—article about the Salem Witch Trials, evidence activity, and student booklet about the important people in the Trials
All About the New England Colonies Game—student information booklet and jeopardy questions (covers New England’s economy, geography, important people, Native Americans, & religions)
Week 3: The Middle Colonies
New Amsterdam to New York—facts about the Middle Colonies, article about the British taking over New Amsterdam, two reader’s theater scripts, and comprehension check
Fur Trading Simulation Game—article about colonial fur trading, materials to play a fur trading simulation game (name tags, goods for trading, rules, awards, etc.)
The Quaker Way of Life—article about Quakers in the Middle Colonies, articles about different aspects of Quaker life (religion, education, social classes, etc.), rubric for student posters and presentations, and note taking sheet
All About the Middle Colonies—student information booklet, and jeopardy questions (covers the Middle Colonies’ economy, geography, important people, Native Americans, & religions)
Comparing and Contrasting the Colonies— sorting mats and cards to compare and contrast the Southern, New England, and Middle colonies
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I LOVE your products – especially the simulations. The Jamestown simulations pushed my students’ critical thinking and teamwork skills and taught them historical content in such a fun and creative way.
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Im interested in this study lesson. How can I go about acquiring it? Also if you have any lessons recommened for 3rd grade and 6th grade.
Hi Agnes! you can find the unit here: https://thecleverteacher.com/product/13-colonies-3-week-interactive-unit-for-grades-5-8/
This unit is appropriate for 5th-8th graders. Unfortunately, I don’t have any social studies lessons for third graders.
Robert Pena says
I would appreciate 13 colonies lesson plans and activities for this week. I have a few but I need something more challenging for my middle school classes. I need ideas to improve my teaching.
Linda Sellers says
I ordered your 13 colonies 3 week unit the 2019 version. I love it. I used the Adventurer’s Guide (Jamestown Simulation). For some reason I can’t find the answer with the point values. I went to download it and couldn’t find it. Could you send it to me?