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The Chesapeake Bay in Captain John Smith's Time

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When Captain John Smith visited the Chesapeake Bay in the summer of 1608, what types of animals and habitats did he encounter? Your young historians will analyze primary source documents to answer this question, as well as compare the region during the seventeenth century with how it exists today.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • This is the perfect opportunity for a cross-curricular project on the habitats of early Americans
  • As an extension activity, have pupils research the Internet to finding any resources (i.e. news articles, videos, images, etc.) that can provide for a better understanding of the region as it exists today
Classroom Considerations
  • This resource is part of a larger unit designed for fourth and fifth grade students on the impact of John Smith's arrival to the Chesapeake region in the early seventeenth century
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