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Students explore Pocahontas.  For this U.S. history critical thinking lesson, 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).
In 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.
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.
Fourth graders explore geography by participating in a map activity. In this historical research instructional activity, 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 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.
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. 
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 lesson, 4th graders examine images and documents from the Library of Congress to investigate John Smith's role in colonial America.
Students 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 compare historical maps with modern-day maps including specifically the Chesapeake Bay watershed. They research online the characteristics of life during the Chesapeake Bay watershed and identify the changes that have taken place.
What parts of the story of Pocahontas are myths, and what parts are historically accurate? Middle schoolers will begin to recognize that historical events in movies are not always correct.  They compare and contrast the true story of Pocahontas and the myth. Use this lesson as a way to examine modern adaptations of myths.
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 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.   
In this online interactive American history worksheet, students respond to 21 matching questions regarding colonial America. Students may check their answers immediately.
Eighth graders compare settlement of Jamestown to modern day exploration. They investigate portrayal real life explorers and those portrayed by media.

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