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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.
Discover colonies! Young historians will listen to a primary source journal entry read aloud with a backdrop of wave sounds. They discuss the entry, add historical facts to a chart and personal insights to another. Then they listen to more entries for pertinent criteria and assess them.
Fifth graders review their knowledge base about the colonies. They investigate the reasons why Europeans came to the American colonies. They examine slavery and the occupations that existed during the colonial era by visiting the assigned websites. They write a letter to telling about a colonial job and why they should to the colonies. They complete Webquest as a culminating activity.
Students study the labor force used during Colonial America. In this Colonial America lesson, students discuss labor types used in the colonies. Students read about indentured servants and the use of African slaves. Students use the 'indenture of Michael Gyger' handout and a slave bill of sale and compare the two documents. Students complete a journal entry, work in groups to answer a discussion question, and create their on indenture contract or slave bill.
Sixth graders examine the different aspects of life in Colonial America. At home, they make traditional colonial recipes to share with the class. In groups, they read a book about the purpose and act of quilting and create their own quilt using fabric squares. To end the lesson, they practice dying fabric using fruits and vegetables.
Showcase the religion, conflicts, daily life, and politics of Colonial North America. A very well-done presentation highlights all the major colonial groups, social norms, demographics, and political struggles of the time. Perfect for an independent work station, and great for note taking or for added interest during lecture.
Have your class explore U.S. history by discussing religion in the colonial era. Your fifth graders review the history of Pennsylvania and the conformist views placed upon immigrants to the country. Then, they read a letter Benjamin Franklin wrote regarding the influx of German immigrants to the U.S. during the 1700's. This is a great way to promote critical-thinking skills.
Music and culture are intimately linked. Ask your learners to find connections between jazz and the culture of the 1920s though a jigsaw activity and writing assignment. All pupils read one of three articles and get together in mixed groups to create posters that represent the similarities and differences between the articles. After presenting their work, class members get to work outlining and writing an essay on the same topic.
Seventh graders listen to a variety of folktales sharing experiences of slavery. As a class, they compare and contrast reading a story and telling a story. They participate in a role play activity to discover the journey of a slave and reflect on the activity in their journal. After watching a video, they discuss how point of view influences ones view of history.
Students examine the St. John slave revolt of 1733. In this slavery and apartheid lesson, students view the DVD "Slavery, Society, and Apartheid." Students respond to discussion questions regarding the content of the DVD which features the triangular trade route and the St. John slave revolt.
Students investigate the beginnings of America by participating in a role-play activity. In this democracy lesson, students discuss several questions about the British army and the American Revolution while incorporating the questions into a role-play dialogue between classmates. Students utilize computers to complete a British Freedom worksheet.
Learners determine that the lands the English settled on were owned and inhabited by 70,000 Indians. They consider that the London Company sold land charters to the English, which gave them illegal title to lndian land and that the Puritans established the largest colony, Massachusetts Bay Colony, which had two branches: Massachusetts and Connecticut.