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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.
Students study the importance of geographic location which can determine the survival and progress of a colony. They examine the effects that cultural background and specific historical events have upon the development of a colony and view examples of documents that have established laws and regulations for historic colonies and to determine the specific regulations and laws to be established for their colony design.
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.
Students consider the need for a structure such as government and the different kinds of possible governments, e.g. republic, aristocracy, democracy, etc.
Demonstrate the complexities of running a government with this group activity. Young politicians are arranged into small groups and become leaders of a hypothetical country (outline of country provided). Groups must outline 6 (listed) political and economic structures for their nation. The goal is not correct answers, but a quest for answers. Presentations are bound to evoke interesting discussion, and give you the chance to introduce basic functions of government.
Students use predictions to explore the lifestyle of American colonists. They draw conclusions about the culture of colonial America based on items used in daily life.
Students work in small groups to research the initial history of two colonies and answering a list of questions. They then prepare a PowerPoint presentation or poster that includes all the findings of the questions and share their presentation with the whole class.
Students discover the history of Colonial America by creating a class presentation.  In this U.S. History lesson, students utilize the Internet to research one of 20 topics in which they will create a PowerPoint or other type of presentation for their class.  Students may utilize audio recordings or video in their PowerPoint presentation if the equipment is accessible.  
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.
Learners explore the trials and tribulations early colonial life and note its successes. Through literature, Internet research, and interactive software, they engage in various activities to evaluate early social and cultural development.
Students explore some of the ideas of major importance to the Founders, why we need a government, and how the Founders believed governments should be created and what they should do. They think of a right that all people should have and explain how they think rights likes the one they chose could be protected. Finally, students become a philosopher and work together to come up with an argument of a classroom and teacher with no rights, compared to John Locke.
In this Canadian geography worksheet, students read about how Canada developed and governs itself. Students take notes and answer 4 short answer comprehension questions as they read the selection.
Seventh graders compare Islamic government and culture to American government and culture. In this cultural diversity instructional activity, 7th graders fall on the same side of the issue as they debate the type of government a country should adopt. 
Students use primary sources from the de Anza expedition of the 1770's to research colonial encounters with the Quechan people from Yuma Crossing, Arizona.
Fourth graders research the government. In this governement lesson, 4th graders participate in 11 days of lessons related to the branches of the government, laws, the constitution and more. This lesson contains videos, rubrics, worksheets, and more. 
This exercise combines learning about colonialism with playing tag. Class members are asked whether a statement involves an economic, religious, political or social factor and then run to the location with the corresponding poster. The "It" person has to try to tag the runners. Those who answer incorrectly become "It" as well as those who are tagged. This could be adapted to any topic as a form of review.
How did American colonists react to the Stamp Act of 1765? Your young historians will examine primary source material by reading excerpts from a transcription of the Pennsylvania Gazette and then identifying the sentiments expressed by colonists toward this tax. They will also compare the transmission of information today to that of colonial times, and will conclude by composing a letter to the editor of the Gazette from the perspective of a colonist. Tip: To easily locate the primary source document that is the main focus of this lesson, go to the provided link and find November 7 within the page.
Fifth graders research the history and culture of the earliest American colonies. In this social science lesson plan, 5th graders read various primary source documents from the historical time period, answer comprehension and discussion questions, and learn vocabulary.
Third graders recall the reasons why the Pilgrims came to the New World. They ideology and compare and contrast the ideology of the Puritans and Roger iams. They study the colony of New York.
Tenth graders examine the political nature of land settlement in North Carolina.  In this geography lesson, 10th graders analyze primary sources.  Students discover North Carolina industries during colonial times. 

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