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Learners explore Pocahontas.  In this U.S. history critical thinking lesson, students view a video clip about Pocahontas and John Smith. Learners 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).
For this John Smith worksheet, students read a one page article about the problems John Smith faced in the 1600's. Students complete 7 short answer questions about the article.
In this John Smith worksheet, students read a 1 1/2 page passage about the history of John Smith and answer short answer questions about it. Students complete 7 questions.
In this John Smith worksheet, students access a linked Internet site, watch the cartoon about John Smith, and then answer 20 fill in the blank and 2 short answer questions regarding the video.
In this video worksheet, students view a video online titled Catch Up With John Smith and fill in the blanks to sentences about it after viewing it. Students complete 20 sentences.
Students explore Virginia geography.  In this Virginia history and geography lesson, students examine a copy of the map John Smith used to explore Virginia.  Students compare and contrast this map with a current map, and complete a related worksheet.
Fourth graders explore geography by participating in a map activity. In this historical research lesson plan, 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.
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. 
Fifth graders examine how in times of need the qualities of leadership automatically surface in individuals to see that necessary tasks get accomplished.
Fourth graders study the contributions of John Smith to America. In this primary source research activity, 4th graders examine images and documents from the Library of Congress to investigate John Smith's role in colonial America.
In this Jamestown Colony worksheet, 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.
Third graders explore describing the interactions between the English settlers and the Powhatan people. They include the contributions of the Powhatan's to the survival of the settlers and review how the Powhatan people and the English settler's at Jamestown established trading relationships.
Students research the Chesapeake Bay, examining how changes over time can help illuminate the interrelationship between people and place. Then the students apply a similar approach to their local area. Students present their research in groups.
Students conduct research on the Chesapeake Bay, from Captain John Smith's explorations of Native American settlements to the present. They examine the interrelationships between people and places and how they change over time.
Students investigate how their town has changed by examining the first settlers.  In this U.S. History lesson, 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.
In this Pocahontas and John Smith worksheet, learners investigate what happened at Jamestown and write a memo to the Board of Directors at the Disney Corporation recommending whether or not to apologize to the Powhatan people.
What did the English settlers think of the Native Americans inhabiting the Chesapeake region of the United States? Learners analyze a series of documents and images to determine the English perception of the local inhabitants. A great lesson including extension activities, additional related lessons, primary source documents, and images.
Learners understand the similarities and differences between English and Native American conceptions of the land and town settlement. They understand how the colony of Massachusetts developed and expanded. Students understand the causes of King Philip's War. They understand how maps can reveal the cultural assumptions of particular times and places.
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.

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