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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.
NASA has crafted an imaginative and memorable series of lessons, "NASA and Jamestown Education Module." This lesson is one of the five components. In it, middle schoolers connect history and science by comparing the settlement of Jamestown in the 1600s to a future settlement of the lunar surface. They consider three factors: location, soil, and weather conditions. This is a must-see! Implement it into your astronomy curriculum, US history studies, or fashion an entire interdisciplinary unit from it.
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.
Fourth graders study the economy of Jamestown. In this early settlers lesson plan, 4th graders read about the trade between the English and the natives in Jamestown. This lesson plan is part of a larger unit and coincides with the novel The Double Life of Pocahontas by Jean Fritz.
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.
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.
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.