Colonies Grow

Early Settlers

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Early Settlers

Students witness colonial life in a new land as Annabel Lee Sloan, with the help of her diary, reminisces about the wonderful homecomings she had with her father when he would return from his many travels and reveal to her the fascinating tales of a new and ever-growing nation. We travel from the ports of New England to the lush fields of the South-and everywhere in between-so that we may witness the politics, economy, and culture of a new people and a new land.

Find out how explorers came to the New World and how settlers made colonies in different parts of America that became the communities and the country we live in now.

  1. Students will understand that while Native Americans had inhabited North America for many years, explorers from Europe were the first to settle land in the New World.
  2. Students will know the different groups of Europeans that settled different areas in the colonies from 1565 to 1750.
  3. Students will understand the chronology of settlement in the New World.
  4. Students will realize the significance of different political and religious groups and understand how different settlers affected the economy.

  1. Thirteen colonies map. Have each student use a piece of construction paper or other thick paper and crayons, pens, or colored pencils. Instruct students to draw a map of the thirteen colonies. Be sure to label each colony, rivers, mountains, major cities, and the Atlantic Ocean. Students should label their map and write the date of the map that they are depicting. Encourage students to use their textbook, the library, or the Internet for assistance.
  2. Mini-play. Break students into small groups. Assign each group a topic from the video (e.g. the first Thanksgiving, the Jamestown colony, how New York became New York, etc.). Encourage students to review the video and do further research to create a mini-play demonstrating what happened during the event, or during that period in history. Remind students to base their plays on the factual evidence but to be creative in creating their characters.

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