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Death at Jamestown
Students investigate deaths at Jamestown. In this history lesson, 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.
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.
The Jamestown Colony
In this Jamestown Colony 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.
Why So Many Colonists Died in Early Jamestown
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.
Death at Jamestown
Learners 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.
Jamestown Colonies and the Powhatan Indians
Eighth graders discuss the Jamestown colony and the Powhatan Indians. In this colonial history lesson, 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.
Jamestown Settlement - Overcoming Hardship and Conflict
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 In this United States History lesson, students work in small groups to analyze historical documents from the colonist's time frame then discuss them with their group.
What Really Happened at Jamestown?
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.
US History Overview 1: Jamestown to the Civil War
Complete with territory maps, photos, and interesting anecdotes, this video covers the major events of American History, roughly from 1754 to 1865. Plymouth and Jamestown are mentioned in the beginning of the video, but the speaker "fast-forwards" 130 years to discuss the French and Indian War. This is an engaging way to review American history up to the Civil War for students who might be a little fuzzy on the details.
Virginia: Jamestown and Its People
Students 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.' Students complete a nickname activity, a diary activity, and a friend activity.
The Original Survivors: Jamestown
Students 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.
Jamestown on the Internet
Third graders research Jamestown on the Internet.
Jamestown Journey Part 1
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.
Jamestown Journey Part 3
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.
Jamestown Colony, Fact vs. Fiction
Eighth graders compare settlement of Jamestown to modern day exploration. They investigate portrayal real life explorers and those portrayed by media.
U.S. History: Settlement of Jamestown
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.
The Jamestown Colonies
In this colonial American worksheet, students read a 1-page selection about the Jamestown Colony and then respond to 5 short answer questions about the selection.
VA History Mini-quiz -- Jamestown and Charters
In this Virginia history worksheet, students examine their knowledge of Jamestown and its charters for settlement as they answer 15 multiple choice questions.
Jamestown Journey Part 4
Fourth graders review their prior knowledge from the previous lessons of this unit on Jamestown. After reading a novel, they examine and discuss the life of Pocahontas. Using the internet, they answer comprehension questions and write a descriptive letter about her life.