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Informative writing is emphasized in the standards. Help your learners reach that goal with the plan for paragraph writing outlined here. After reviewing the work from the day before and adding to their vocabulary notebooks, class members examine a model paragraph and then write and share organized, informative paragraphs about religion in colonial America. A collaborative and engaging activity, the plan presented is part of a series made specifically for the Common Core. 
Close your colonial America unit with a performance-based assessment. Class members will show their proficiency in several skills including using details to back up inferences, determining the meaning of words in context, and synthesizing information from two texts on the same topic. Wrap up with a reflection. The end to a strong unit, this assessment is designed for the Common Core and should build effectively off of instruction from the past eight lessons.
What was life like in colonial America? Follow this lesson and your pupils will find out what people in colonial times did for work and for fun. Ask learners to compare and contrast the two texts and explain what the reading helped them understand about colonial times by taking notes on details and inferences. Class members can synthesize the information through an activity called This or That, during which they move around the classroom and discuss their ideas with others. A very detailed plan. Texts are not provided; however, pupils only read short excerpts. Buy yourself a copy and make a class set.
By learning about the technology of Colonial America, students can gain a greater appreciation of history.
Students examine the history and influential people of the  Colonial American period. In this Colonial America lesson, students discover what daily life was like during Colonial times, and discuss the 13 original colonies. Students will research interesting facts that pertain to each colony, then select one influential colonist and write about.
Improve class understanding of colonial times by reading an informational text and filling out the accompanying graphic organizer. Class members work with a partner to read, take notes, make inferences, and synthesize information.The lesson does not provide a copy of If You Lived in Colonial Times, so you will need to find the text. Since the series of lessons only uses parts of the text, you could probably buy one book and make a class set for your learners. 
Aid your pupils in understanding the terms explicit and inferred while teaching them about colonial farmers. The third instructional activity in the module, this plan builds off the previous instructional activity and focuses heavily on inference. Learners analyze a photograph and read an article about colonial farmers, filling out a graphic organizer, and collaborating with others as they work. Close the instructional activity with a sharing session and an exit ticket
Fourth graders analyze colonial rule and policies with regard to the causes of the American Revolution. In this Colonial America simulation lesson, 4th graders role play in an Independence Game, reacting to a variety of "events" that happen. Students respond in an events journal about their role and record their thoughts, feelings, and decisions in each situation.
Fifth graders examine the impact of Benjamin Franklin's ideas on the goods and services available in Colonial America as well as analyze the importance of Franklin to modern society. While listening to "How Ben Franklin Stole the Lightning", they complete a provided worksheet then work in groups to create a museum exhibit about Franklin's contributions to modern day goods and services.
  Students watch a teacher presented Readers Theater about Colonial America to introduce the students to the topic.  In this Colonial America lesson, 4th graders recreate a timeline of early American history, using unconventional materials.  Students complete this timeline in small groups.   
Students examine the causes of the American Revolution. In this colonial America lesson, students read handouts regarding the sequence of events that led to the commencement of the war. Students complete the provided worksheets and participate in the provided simulation.
Fifth graders view and discuss images of slavery. They discuss what "freedom" means to them. They imagine they are historians and have just uncovered journal entries. One is missing, and students write an entry for the missing day. They write a persuasive letter supporting the end of slavery in America. In groups, 5th graders create a tableaux depicting universal themes that can be applied to colonial America.
Learners engage in a variety of activities regarding Colonial America. They write and perform a puppet play; write a product advertisement and a news article; draw a political cartoon; and write a persuasive letter to get others to come to America, too.
Learners examine european influences on colonial America. They describe how different economies developed depending on the region and climate. Students create posters depicting the economic and social characteristics of various colonial areas.
Allow your class to figure out what they will be studying through an inquiry-based anticipatory set that involves analysis of mystery documents and practice with making inferences. The lesson document includes a detailed description of procedures as well as the mystery items and graphic organizers that your class will need to complete the assignment. The plan also calls for learners to read a couple of pages from a book; these are not provided, but should not be too difficult to find. Part of a module, the lesson is a strong Common Core designed plan that will get your kids excited about colonial America!
In the first lesson of this unit on colonial trade, fourth graders gain background knowledge of different jobs performed by early colonists. The class begins with a slide show presentation that includes a variety of great photographs depicting different trades in colonial America, during which learners work in small groups to take notes and make inferences about each occupation. Following the slide show, young historians practice their ability to identify the main idea and supporting details of informational text, as the teacher reads aloud a short document about craftspeople in colonial America. An excellent introductory lesson, as young scholars will continue in this unit to become experts on a specific trade in order to better understand life in colonial America. Note that the slide show presentation does require access to the Internet and the ability to project from a computer onto a larger screen.      
Teach your class about colonial America through an examination of primary documents. First though, start vocabulary notebooks for content-specific and academic vocabulary. Pupils can keep this record during the entire module. Once this is set up, learners move on to act as historians and read the primary source Inventory of John Allen, making inferences and using evidence from the text as support. The file includes all of the materials except for the pages class members are supposed to read for homework.
Seventh graders explore American colonial life. In this Colonial America lesson, 7th graders research Internet and print sources to create Inspiration projects on colonial America.
Students are divided into groups (3-5 students per group is recommended). Each group be assigned a region of Colonial America (New England, Middle, or Southern). They conduct research using various sources such as texts, library m
How can you impress that the geography of the United States played a major role in the formation of the thirteen colonies? Creating a map of colonial America, including major landmarks, leads 4th, 5th or 6th graders on an adventure in cartography. This map-making project requires explorers to use budding research and thinking skills to find, compile, and replicate required information from trusted sources (not included). Suggestions of first writing information in pencil, stressing neatness, as well as hints about classroom challenges are helpful thoughts in trying this project the first time.