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Students explore Pocahontas. In 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.
Explore European settlers by researching the history of Virginia. In this Native American history lesson, students identify the famous American Indian Princess named Pocahontas, her relationship with John Smith, and her marriage to fellow colonist John Rolfe. Examine illustrations of Virginia in the 1600's, the Powhatan people, and Pocahontas.
Fourth graders research the life and accomplishments of Pocahontas. In this historical figures instructional activity, 4th graders explore primary sources available from the Library of Congress regarding colonial Virginia and determine how Pocahontas worked to preserve her community in the face of great change.
Third graders consider famous women in history. In this notable women lesson, students watch a slide show about Pocahontas, Betsy Ross, Helen Keller, Susan B. Anthony, and Rosa Parks. Students will complete a worksheet and discuss how these women have been important figures in American history.
Middle schoolers identify how Pocahontas contributed to the common good. In this philanthropy activity, students read a selection about Pocahontas and identify ways that she was philanthropic. Middle schoolers role play an action that Pocahontas took that benefited the common good.
Students explore the life of Pocahontas and Powhatan Indians. After studying information on a given website, students compare and contrast what they read about Pocahontas and what they previously thought of her. They explore life in a Powhatan village and watch the Disney movie, "Pocahontas." Students explain the differences between the facts they gathered about Pocahontas and the way the movie portrayed her.
Students examine the story of Pocahontas. In this early American history lesson, students use primary and secondary sources to gather clues about the interactions between the English settlers and the Native Americans. The activities are differentiated to address a diverse class with varying levels of background knowledge and reading proficiency.
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.
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.
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.
Students investigate the lives of important women who fought for their rights. In this equality lesson, students examine the different gender roles throughout history and define the actions many women were made famous by. Students view a slide-show of the famous women and their achievements.