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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.
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.
Students examine the labor needs in colonial America. Using primary and secondary resources, they explore the major events and life in the United States during colonial times. They complete a chart listing the pros and cons of a slave during this time period.
Fourth graders explore the Stono Rebellion. In this Colonial America lesson plan, 4th graders research the Stono Slave Rebellion using primary and secondary sources. Students study how the rebellion affected the treatment of slaves in America.
Fourth graders complete a unit of lessons on Colonial life during the American Revolution. They write a diary entry, create a Colonial flag, develop a Colonial book, construct a tin punched lantern, and simulate the dress and job of a tradesman.
Fifth graders connect reasons for coming to the New World with identity. The create identities and place them in one of three settled regions. They refer to prior study notes in their Colonial Notebooks to establish their identities.
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 research their assigned regions, complete regional guide and prepare presentations about the New World colonists. They refer to "Everyday LIfe: Colonial Times" as well as searching marked internet sites.
Fifth graders give presentations on colonial research. The others take notes on the presentations. They play a card game which helps them review content. They take a summative assessment and present their research notebooks.
Pupils study the labor force used during Colonial America. In this Colonial America lesson, students discuss labor types used in the colonies. Pupils 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. Pupils 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.
Fourth graders complete a unit of lessons on Colonial life during the American Revolution. They conduct Internet research, create a Colonial flag, develop a quilt square for a Colonial story, and simulate the dress and job of a Colonial tradesman.
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 read "Slavery's Past, Paved Over or Forgotten" from The New York Times and discuss as a class. This activity is the introduction for researching a topic on the history of slavery in the U.S. Student groups present their information at a teach-in.
Students use text, lecture and Internet research to examine the early English colonial settlements. They divide into small groups and debate which colony would be the best to live in at that time.
Class groups use a graphic organizer to respond to questions and record impressions as they examine sections of the Charter of Carolina, the document that gave control of the colony to eight Lords Proprietors. After completing their study of the document, individuals then assume the identity of one of the Lords Proprietors and, writing in his voice, craft a letter to King Charles of England thanking him for the grant. Although some less-experienced readers may be challenged by the antiquated language of the Charter, readers can access background information and annotations by moving their mouse over highlighted text.    
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.
While cities had only a small fraction of the population in colonial America, they played a significant role in pre-revolutionary years, and this was certainly true for the largest city in the North American colonies: Philadelphia. Your learners will begin by considering how a city is like an organism, adding to T-charts that list what the main intakes, internal processes, and outputs of a city are and how they are performed. They will then familiarize themselves with the main elements of a city map and "take a walk" through eighteenth century Philadelphia, reading a narrative filled with sensory imagery and valuable historical information.
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.

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