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Colonial Times Teacher Resources

Take your students on a journey back in time with these colonial lessons, printables, quizzes, and more! Immerse them in this historic period as they learn about indentured servants, Thanksgiving traditions, and Native American heritage. Look below for social studies, history, and language arts resources on the Pilgrims, colonization, and events leading up to the American Revolution.

Printables

The Original Thirteen States Crossword
All About the Boston Tea Party
Make a Three-Cornered Hat
Unite or Die: How 13 States Became a Nation Reader's Theater
The King's M & M's: The Stamp Act
Colonial Times – Everyday Things
Learn About Paul Revere
More Popular Colonial Times Printables

Quizzes

American Colonies Quiz
Native Americans Quiz
Early America Quiz
Anasazi and Plains Indians Quiz

Art, Music, & Drama Activities

Designing a Quilt Pattern
Native American Indian Crafts
Paper Weavings
Paper Weaving Instructions
Then and Now
Music Truths: I Cannot Tell a Lie
A Thanksgiving Quilt
Thanksgiving Placemats
Make a Dried Bouquet
What Was a One-Room Schoolhouse?

Thanksgiving Activities

Pilgrim Unit (7 lessons)
Of Plymouth Plantation Excerpt
Pilgrim Fact Cards
Planning for the Voyage - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 1 of 7)
Colonial New England Food & Cooking
American Indians Today
Pin the Hat on the Pilgrim
More Popular Thanksgiving Activities for Social Studies

Native-American Heritage

The First Thanksgiving - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 5 of 7)
Life in Plymouth - Pilgrim Study Unit (lesson 6 of 7)
The First Winter - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 4 of 7)
Thanksgiving Fact Sheet
Thanksgiving: Multiple Perspectives
A Not-So Traditional Thanksgiving
Sarah Morton's Day, Samuel Eaton's Day, & Tapenum's Day
More Native-American Heritage Resources

Lesson Plans

Communities: Past and Present
Choosing Plymouth - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 3 of 7)
Aboard the Mayflower - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 2 of 7)
Pilgrim Children - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 7 of 7)
The Declaration of Sentiments & Your Rights
William Bradford's Mayflower Passenger List
A Pilgrim Conversation
More Colonial Times Lesson Plans

References

17th-Century Pastimes and Sports
Declaration of Independence
Brief History of Thanksgiving
Cranberry-Nut Bread
The Mayflower Compact
More Colonial Times References

Articles

Declaration of Independence – Videos & Activities
Indentured Servants' Experiences 1600-1700
My Brother Sam Is Dead
Articles of Confederation
American Revolution Books by Jean Fritz
Site of the Boston Massacre
Dried-Pepper Hangings Instruction Sheet
More Colonial Times Articles

Language Arts Activities

American Colonization Reading Warm-Up
Slaughterhouse-Five Projects
American History Reading Warm-Up 41 for Gr. 3 & 4: Boston Tea Party
Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up: Colonial Gardens
Colonial School Vocabulary
Slaughterhouse-Five Short Answer
A Pilgrim Conversation Rubric
More Language Arts Activities for Colonial Times

Biographies

The Era of Thomas Jefferson
William Bradford Biography
Crispus Attucks
Jean Fritz's American History Books

Foods from Colonial Times

Colonial New England Food & Cooking
Thanksgiving Menu: Then & Now
Indian Pudding
Hasty Pudding

American Revolution Resources

Boston Tea Party
Colonial American Gazette
Women Following Washington's Army
Women Following Washington's Army: Washington Hypotheses
Abigail Adams Writes a Letter
The Early Congresses
Readers Theater Script: Johnny Tremain
More Popular American Revolution Resources

Colonization Resources

Of Plymouth Plantation
America Is Named
Daily Journal Topics: Early American Life
Historical Fiction Reading Warm-Up: George Washington
The Mayflower Historical Fiction Reading Warm-Up
Historical Fiction Reading Warm-Up: Patrick Henry's Influence
Reading Warm-Up 45 for Gr. 5 & 6: American History
More Colonization Resources

Highlights

Videos
Do your students love videos? We have a growing collection of videos (including related activities) for holidays and events, including: women's history, Memorial Day, Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, American History, and the environment. Enjoy!

May Calendar of Events
May is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Backyard Games Week (5/18-25), Buy a Musical Instrument Day (5/22), and Memorial Day (5/25). Plus, celebrate Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month, Inventors Month, Physical Fitness & Sports Month, and Water Safety Month!

Teaching with Comics: Galactic Hot Dogs
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guides to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series (chapters 1-4 and 5-8), as found on Funbrain.com, will take students on a cosmic adventure while engaging their creative minds. Plus, find even more activities for teaching with comics, featuring many other classic stories.

Now available: Galactic Hot Dogs in print! Buy it at bookstores now.

Poptropica Teaching Guides
Poptropica is one of the Internet's most popular sites for kids—and now it's available as an app for the iPad! It's not just a place to play games; each of the islands featured on the site provides a learning opportunity. Check out our teaching guides to four of Poptropica's islands: 24 Carrot Island, Time Tangled Island, Mystery Train Island, and Mythology Island.

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