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Third graders "travel" from Europe to North America as Columbus did. They organize the information into chronoglogical order.
Third graders research life of Plymouth Plantation and write letters about life there home. In this Plymouth life lesson, 3rd graders complete a webquest as they gather information about the journey to America on the Mayflower and the homes, farming, and transportation of Plymouth Plantation. Then, students assume the role of a child in Plymouth Plantation and write letters with friends in England.
Learners interpret historical evidence presented in primary resources. In this colonial America lesson, students examine the relationships between Native American women and European women who encountered one another in the new colonies.
Students apply their knowledge of geography. For this geography skills lesson, students read brief selections regarding early Americans. Students respond to the questions included in the self-guided map skills lesson.
Fifth graders complete a unit on early explorers. They develop a timeline, sing a Viking song, watch a video, compile a checklist of supplies needed for an expedition, participate in a scavenger hunt, write a letter from Christopher Columbus, and create a brochure.
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.
Students describe alternative theories for how the first humans cane to America.  In this human origin lesson students study the origins of the first Americans. 
Students 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.
Students focus on the geography of the countries of South America. Using a map, they identify the European countries who claimed the South American countries and research the influences they had on South America. To end the lesson, they write an essay about the South American country they want to live in with supporting details.
Second graders study Native American Kalapuya culture. In this American History lesson, 2nd graders discover the early inhabitants of their community. They take a field trip to Dorris Ranch.
Learners investigate the geography of North America by viewing and identifying places on a map.  In this U.S. Geography lesson, students view a PowerPoint slide show discussing the immigration to the U.S.A.  Learners define several vocabulary terms associated with the immigration to North America.
High schoolers define what it meant to be an American early on in the nation's history. In this American identity lesson plan, students examine the noted quotations and determine what was meant by each of the authors with regards to an American identity.
Explore early American documents that qualify as primary sources. Tenth and eleventh graders use the provided worksheets to analyze the texts of the Articles of Association, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Northwest Ordinance.
Eighth graders determine what drew colonist to the early Carolina colony. In this colonial America lesson, 8th graders read primary sources written by early colonists about the factors that motivated them to settle the colony in North America. Students take on the persona of Carolina colonists and compose letters to their family in England.
In this online interactive history quiz learning exercise, students respond to 50 multiple choice questions about early American history. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Focusing on the Virginia and Maryland settlements in the 1600's, this presentation is a complete and thorough resource during a unit on Colonial America. It includes pictures, maps, and interesting discussion points for you to address with your history students. The length and breadth of this presentation makes it ideal to break up over many different class sessions as you complete your unit.
Students investigate how their town has changed by examining the first settlers.  In this U.S. History lesson plan, students investigate the lives of Samuel de Champlain, John Smith and other early settlers.  Students write descriptive paragraphs about how their community has changed since those early times.
Pupils examine the tropical rainforest and issues involving the uses of rainforests. They explore the plants and animals that live in each level of the tropical rainforest. Students examine and discuss a case study involving the rights of native inhabitants of the tropical rain forests. They describe sounds they might encounter when visiting a rain forest. Pupils create a jungle tune.
Students engage in a lesson to find information about the old trails of North America that were used by Native Americans. Specifically, they conduct research to find the history of The Old North Trail. The teacher shares several theories about the indian migrations.
Eleventh graders analyze works by John Donne and Thomas Heriot. In this Colonial America lesson, 11th graders examine pieces of literature, documents, and video clips to identify the issues regarding religion in the colonies. Student also take notes on a PowerPoint presentation about Virginia and John Donne.

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