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5th Grade Settling Colonies
Old 11-03-2011, 08:08 PM
 
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Hello,

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.

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My kids loved this activity
Old 11-05-2011, 03:20 PM
 
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in the next post, I'll include the map...
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map for the moving to the colonies activity
Old 11-05-2011, 03:21 PM
 
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This is the map that goes with the previous activity
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another colony activity
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Did this one too...would shorten it if I did it again
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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.


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Don't remeber the textbook I used
Old 11-05-2011, 03:26 PM
 
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But this was a good one too
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started the unit with this
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"Which colony would you have preferred?"
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Thank you!!!
Old 11-05-2011, 08:39 PM
 
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Wow!!

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

THANKS!
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Thanks!
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Thanks for sharing your documents!! They look great!!
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great ideas
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thanks so much for sharing!!!
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Music too
Old 11-24-2011, 06:02 AM
 
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School tube and Teachertube also have some cool videos on American history:

http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo..._British_vs_us


http://teachertube.com/viewVideo.php..._Rap_Brain_Map

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thank you
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Thanks for being so generous with your lesson plans. My kids will enjoy these projects.
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Old 12-03-2011, 01:17 PM
 
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Thanks for the great lessons! I am always looking for more ideas and you gave me a bunch.
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Help Finding a specific activity
Old 03-16-2012, 03:59 PM
 
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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?
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create a colony
Old 11-27-2012, 06:28 PM
 
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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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