1600s Teacher Resources
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"Pray, Why Speakest Thou Thusly?"
Examine popular language and slang and how they have changed over the course of American history. Conduct Internet research, use an online interactive Colonial House website to translate 17th century language into 21st century language, and write 17th century text.
5th - 8th English Language Arts
The Physics of the Planets: How 16th and 17th Century Physicist Helped Us Understand Our Solar System
Eighth graders draw the paths of the planets in the solar system. In this astronomy lesson, 8th graders calculate speed of objects using distance and time information. They research about the work of scientists in the 16th and 17th century.
New Review The 17th Century: Gateway to the Modern World
The key ideas in this 50-minute video lecture is that commerce and trade transformed the seventeenth century, that wars previously fought over religious beliefs transformed into wars over economic resources, and that the quest for goods led to exploration and discovery.
49 mins 11th - Higher Ed Social Studies & History
"Adding It Up" at James Fort
Students discuss jettons and their archaeological importance at Jamestown. They then practice using historic counting sheets and artifacts to understand the calculating methods of the early 17th Century, and identify their similarities with modern numeric systems.
3rd - 4th Math
Putting a Spin on Current Events
Students examine the symbolism on a 17th-century cabinet. In this symbolism instructional activity, students view samples of a 17th century cabinet and identify it's symbols. Students create their own cabinet by using various art supplies and paint symbols to represent themselves.
3rd - 5th Visual & Performing Arts
Settlement Exploration: Then and Now
NASA has crafted an imaginative and memorable series of lessons, "NASA and Jamestown Education Module." This lesson is one of the five components. In it, middle schoolers connect history and science by comparing the settlement of Jamestown in the 1600s to a future settlement of the lunar surface.
6th - 8th Science
Say Hi to Haibun Fun
What is a haibun? With this interesting lesson, writers will experience the Japanese writing form haibun, identify elements important to Japanese writing styles, analyze a haibun, and compose their own. Different from the typical journal you'd see in the West, the goal of this style is to condense and intimate, rather than expand and explain.
10th - Higher Ed English Language Arts
17th Century Ship Travel
Students imagine what it was like to travel to Jamestown on a 17th century ship. In this early American history lesson plan, students read a handout about the duties of the crew members on 17th century ships and then write diary entries as if they were ship's boys on their way to the Jamestown settlement.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History
The Beet Goes On
Root vegetables inspire the series of activities included here. Class members participate in activities related to language arts, social studies, science, visual art, and math. At first, the long list might feel overwhelming; however, there are strong ideas alongside weaker ideas and a considerable amount of information about root vegetables and the related exercises.
1st - 5th Science CCSS: Designed
"World Enough, And Time"-Andrew Marvell's Coy Mistress
Students read and analyze the poem, "To His Coy Mistress," by Andrew Marvell. They identify the theme of each stanza, complete a worksheet, take an online quiz, and write about a single metaphor or image from the poem.
9th - 12th English Language Arts
Imagining China through Words
When Europeans first came back with tales of China, they provided vivid written accounts and minimal visual imput. This resulted in art rendered mostly from descriptive language. Learners explore this phenomena by listening to descriptions of specific Chinese masterpieces, then attempting to use just the description to guide their drawing.
6th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts
The Enlightenment: Matching Activity 4
Just finished reading about the 17th century and the period of Enlightenment? Use this helpful worksheet that covers the people and events your class has just read about. Learners can use this resource to match ten different Enlightenment terms to the correct clues.
7th - 9th Social Studies & History