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Students explore Pocahontas. In this U.S. history critical thinking instructional activity, students view a video clip about Pocahontas and John Smith. Students give opinions about whether they think Pocahontas really saved John Smith's life, and then review various historical accounts of the story as primary and secondary sources. Students examine documented evidence to refine or change their opinion.
Fourth graders answer questions about John Smith, and also they figure out what was necessary are needed for surviival. Students are given a replica of Smith's 1612 map, they then answer questions using the map as their resource. Students may notice that the maps have a great amount of information about Virginia's Native Americans. They compare and contrast the two different maps (John Smith's map and modern day Virginia map).
Fourth graders explore geography by participating in a map activity. In this historical research lesson, 4th graders identify the route John Smith took when he reached the United States and the regions which he inhabited. Students complete a Venn Diagram comparing Virginia in 1607 and Virginia in modern time.
Students investigate how their town has changed by examining the first settlers. In this U.S. History activity, 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.
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.
Here is an ambitious, yet grade-level-appropriate, series of lessons on early explorers for your first graders. Pupils will discover who the important early explorers were, where they went, why they went there, and what they discovered. There is a map embedded in the plan that they use to trace explorers' routes, and a timeline that offers a visual sequence of the events covered. Very nice!
High schoolers examine how visual and literary images played an important role in the English colonization of Virginia. They analyze the importance of Thomas Harriot's Report on the subsequent development of English colonial plans for Virginia. They look at the connection between Harriot's text and the images that John White and Theodor de Bry created. They see how John Smith's written and cartographic descriptions of Virginia shape the colony's development.
Students watch a teacher presented Readers Theater about Colonial America to introduce the students to the topic. In this Colonial America lesson, 4th graders recreate a timeline of early American history, using unconventional materials. Students complete this timeline in small groups.
Students compare historical maps with modern day maps. They explore information about the history of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Students research various facets of life in the Chesapeake Bay region over time. They make predictions about the future of the Chesapeake Bay.