17th Century Exploration Teacher Resources

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Students spend five days learning about the colonies.  In this colonial instructional activity, students examine the life of the southern, middle, and first colonies in America.  Students create projects and complete research on the colonies.
Students explore the ways in which the worlds of popular music and opera can work together to complement the other. They work in small groups to analyze plot, characters, setting and themes of a popular opera using a summary of that opera as a guide.
Students discuss the caste system of viceregal Mexico and the limited life choices of women at that time.
Fifth graders write journal entries and a story based on the Mayflower era. They identify the roles of both the Pilgrims and Wampanoags in their writings.
Students explore measuring air pressure. They make a barometer which is a device that indicates air pressure changes with everyday items.
Imagine you are a bug living on a leaf in the painting, Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase by Maria van Oosterwyck. This is what you'll tell your class as they analyze the lovely image. They list details in the painting, find two insects in the painting, and then write a story from a bug's perspective about life in a vase of flowers. The provided detailed images will help move the lesson along.
Students investigate the probability of an even occurring. In this algebra lesson plan, students analyze how a fair chance can happen both in a game and in the real world. They compare and contrast a good, a bad, and a fair chance.
Welcome to Jamestown! Third and fourth graders read and analyze primary source documents about Jamestown or Fort James. They read and analyze descriptions of Fort James from primary sources. They access a website to explore more information and complete an associated worksheet.
Students explore static electricity using the Van de Graaff generator. In this physics instructional activity, students construct their own Van de Graaff using simple materials. They explain how charges accumulate on this device.
Students examine the basics of starch and how it is used in food. In this photosynthesis instructional activity students experiment with variables that affect starch production in photosynthesis.
Students research Babylonian mathematics. They calculate simple surd numbers. Students find the fractional form of rational numbers expressed as decimals. They work with numbers in base 60.
Students explore the history of Seoul, South Korea. For this Seoul lesson, students read and analyze handouts regarding the political and social history of the city of Seoul. Students collaborate in small groups and present their findings to the rest of the class.
Sixth graders in a special education class discuss excerpts of two stories and read biographical information on the authors. In groups, they read the full text of both stories and try to solve the mystery as they read. They practice their skills working with others and write in their journals to reflect on the lesson.
Third graders explore the use of farming implements. In this colonial America lesson, 3rd graders examine and compare the farming tools and tasks of the 18th and 19th centuries as well as today. Students collaborate to present skits that feature their findings.
Sixth graders research the technological development of one medical tool from the 17th, 18th, or early 19th centuries. They trace the advancement of the tool to its contemporary medical tool. They research the communicable disease the tool helps cure and design a timeline related to their tool.
Students explore valuable food sources. They examine vegetable that have roots and leafy greens that we eat. They also discuss the various used for the leafy greens of vegetable plants. Students create a carrot necklace using carrot slices.
Students brainstorm a list of symbols that represent our cultural values. They research symbols of China and Japan. Students create a timeline showing how symbols have evolved in these two countries. They view the video "Showing the Behind the Great Wall and Secrets of the Samurai." Students discuss the symbols identified in the segments.
Learners explore oxygen and its physical and chemical propeties.  In this investigative lesson students complete several experiments using oxygen.
Students practice making inferences by using analogies. Using items found in a Native American site, they infer the meaning of them using settlers' accounts and illustrations. They explain why archaeologists use ethnohistoric analogies.
Students create origami. For this visual arts lesson, students design and create origami samurai helmets that feature Japanese patterns and textures in the style of those worn by samurai.