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MrsTchrAB 11-03-2011 08:08 PM

5th Grade Settling Colonies

This is my first year teaching 5th grade American History. I want to make it more interactive and project based learning for my kids, but am running low on ideas... We are about to start a unit on the settling of the New England, Middle and Southern Colonies, but I am not sure what I can do to make it more fun for the kids.

Ideas would be GREATLY appreciated.


mrsb12247 11-05-2011 03:20 PM

My kids loved this activity
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in the next post, I'll include the map...

mrsb12247 11-05-2011 03:21 PM

map for the moving to the colonies activity
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This is the map that goes with the previous activity

mrsb12247 11-05-2011 03:23 PM

another colony activity
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Did this one too...would shorten it if I did it again

mrsb12247 11-05-2011 03:24 PM

7th graders LOVED this
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This was a debate about which section of the colonies was "best"...they had a TON of fun and it was great to make them think on their feet.

mrsb12247 11-05-2011 03:26 PM

Don't remeber the textbook I used
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But this was a good one too

mrsb12247 11-05-2011 03:29 PM

started the unit with this
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"Which colony would you have preferred?"

MrsTchrAB 11-05-2011 08:39 PM

Thank you!!!

Thank you so much for all your ideas. I appreciate your feedback on the lessons too!


kay/5 11-05-2011 11:02 PM

Thanks for sharing your documents!! They look great!!

skittles5 11-13-2011 04:54 PM

great ideas
thanks so much for sharing!!!

Doc Dread 11-24-2011 06:02 AM

Music too
School tube and Teachertube also have some cool videos on American history:


momagain 11-24-2011 06:59 AM

thank you
Thanks for being so generous with your lesson plans. My kids will enjoy these projects.

rsjh1 12-03-2011 01:17 PM

Thanks for the great lessons! I am always looking for more ideas and you gave me a bunch.

bridgitta 03-16-2012 03:59 PM

Help Finding a specific activity
I'm in the same boat as MrsTchrAB. However, I did intern with 5th grade a few years ago. My mentor teacher had a resource book where I found a board game called "Road to Freedom." It was about the hardships of moving from one colony to another for religious freedom. I left the games with my mentor and now I can't find the resource anywhere (contacted her- she switched grades and you know how that goes)! Does anyone happen to know what I am referring to and where I can find it?

quickfish 11-27-2012 06:28 PM

create a colony
An idea I have seen a few versions of around the internet is to have the kids create their own colonies. I did this with my class by giving each group a map outline, with scale, lines of latitude and longitude, and one major river already added. (The latitudes corresponded with New England, Middle, and Southern colonies.) They then had a number of tasks as they developed the colony. They had to add in mountains, forest, and other features (obviously the mountains had to make sense with the location of the river). They had to write a geographical report on their colony's climate, vegetation, environment and resources - in keeping with the topography and location. They added towns, roads, etc, drew a town map showing the main trades and services, and wrote up information on these. They were given characters based on people off the Mayflower passenger list and wrote diaries. They wrote about how and why their colony started and what kind of government they developed. Each task also involved an oral presentation to the class.

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