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Students investigate deaths at Jamestown. In this history lesson plan, students research the high mortality rate at the Jamestown settlement as they write a position paper supporting or disputing the theories of Dr. Hancock.
Students examine how the Jamestown settlement changed the first few years after it was founded. They take a virtual field trip of Jamestown, read primary source documents, discuss census information, and write a summary of changes in Jamestown.
Fifth graders watch a video and discuss the first attempts at the settlements of Jamestown and Plymouth in the New England colonies. In this Jamestown and Plymouth lesson plan, 5th graders fill out a worksheet comparing the two places.
Tenth graders study census data showing the names and occupations of early settlers of the English settlement at Jamestown, Virginia, to discern how life changed in the Jamestown settlement in the first few years after it was founded.
Students identify artifacts discovered from the exploration of the Jamestown fort in order to help them create a short fictional account about the lives of Jamestown's first inhabitants. In this history lesson, students research the founding date of Jamestown, artifacts that have been recovered from the sight, and the design of the town. Students apply this knowledge of the Jamestown colony by authoring a historic account of life in Jamestown.
In this Jamestown Colony instructional activity, students read a 2 page article on the colony, answer 3 questions with multiple choice answers, fill in 5 blanks to complete 5 facts and determine if 3 statements are true or false.
Fifth graders research the colonists in Jamestown. In this colonist lesson, 5th graders use a variety of sources to see why so many colonists died in Jamestown. They write an essay explaining their findings. 
Students use primary source documents to develop a theory about what happened at Jamestown. They use the internet to gather information about the colony. They evaluate the theory of Dr. Hancock as well.
Students research data on Jamestown settlers in order to learn about the daily life and events in the colony. For this investigative history lesson, students work in groups to analyze the results of the Jamestown census. Students take on a job assignment and decide the importance of their occupation within the Jamestown community.
Eighth graders discuss the Jamestown colony and the Powhatan Indians. In this colonial history instructional activity, 8th graders talk about conflicts between the Native Americans and the colonists. They read a biography about Pocahontas to help them understand her relationship with John Smith. 
Learners reflect on the hardships of the settlers and how they overcame them to build Jamestown.  In this United States History lesson, students work in small groups to analyze historical documents from the colonist's time frame then discuss them with their group.
Students watch video clips and research online in order to postulate why there was widespread death at Jamestown. They discuss their ideas in groups and present and justify them to the class.
Learners explore bartering. In this bartering activity, students study everyday life in the Jamestown colony. Learners discover how bartering was used as a way to acquire necessary supplies.
Learners examine the people who settled at Jamestown and why. They discover the hardships they encountered and how they survived. They also examine the Virginia Company of London and why they chose to send people to Jamestown.
Young scholars familiarize themselves with the settlement of Jamestown and practice describing objects and their use. In this Jamestown lesson, students listen to stories about Jamestown, complete an artifact activity, and explore the story 'The Life of Pocahontas.' Young scholars complete a nickname activity, a diary activity, and a friend activity.
Third graders research Jamestown on the Internet.
Fourth graders work to solve one of the major problems facing the Jamestown settlers, the best location to settle upon arrival in Jamestown. Students discuss and review the past European and American events that lead to the colonization. Then they label a map with the best location to settle the Jamestown colony and then effectively communicate the reason for the selection.
Fourth graders study the economy of Jamestown. In this early settlers lesson, 4th graders read about the trade between the English and the natives in Jamestown. This lesson is part of a larger unit and coincides with the novel The Double Life of Pocahontas by Jean Fritz.
Eighth graders compare settlement of Jamestown to modern day exploration. They investigate portrayal real life explorers and those portrayed by media.
students research the Jamestown settlement and key international events of the time. After watching a video about colonial settlements, they conduct Internet research from a lost of provided Websites. The culmination of student research are timelines of their chosen countries which are combined those those of classmates to create a multi-tiered finished product. In conjunction, 5th graders create improvisations about timeline events and write essays.

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