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Colonial America

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

Birth of America Printable Book (4-8)
Make a Three-Cornered Hat
Unite or Die: How 13 States Became a Nation Reader's Theater
Declaration of Independence Quiz
The King's M & M's: The Stamp Act
Colonial Times – Everyday Things
All About the Boston Tea Party
More Popular Colonial Times Printables

Quizzes

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

Art, Music, & Drama Activities

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

Thanksgiving Activities

Of Plymouth Plantation Excerpt
Pilgrim Unit (7 lessons)
Planning for the Voyage - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 1 of 7)
Pilgrim Fact Cards
Colonial New England Food & Cooking
Of Plymouth Plantation
Thanksgiving Turkey Traditions at the White House
More Popular Thanksgiving Activities for Social Studies

Native-American Heritage

Sarah Morton's Day, Samuel Eaton's Day, & Tapenum's Day
Cranberry-Nut Bread
Indian Pudding
The First Thanksgiving - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 5 of 7)
The First Winter - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 4 of 7)
Life in Plymouth - Pilgrim Study Unit (lesson 6 of 7)
A Not-So Traditional Thanksgiving
More Native-American Heritage Resources

Lesson Plans

The Declaration of Sentiments & Your Rights
The Era of Thomas Jefferson
Aboard the Mayflower - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 2 of 7)
Pilgrim Children - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 7 of 7)
A Pilgrim Conversation
Women Following Washington's Army
Current Archaeology
More Colonial Times Lesson Plans

References

Declaration of Independence
17th-Century Pastimes and Sports
Brief History of Thanksgiving
The Early Congresses
Thanksgiving Fact Sheet
More Colonial Times References

Articles

Declaration of Independence – Videos & Activities
Indentured Servants' Experiences 1600-1700
My Brother Sam Is Dead
African-Americans in the Revolutionary War
Dried-Pepper Hangings Instruction Sheet
Abigail Adams Writes a Letter
Articles of Confederation
More Colonial Times Articles

Language Arts Activities

Boston Tea Party Reading Warm-Up
Slaughterhouse-Five Projects
Early European Settlements Reading Warm-Up
American Revolution Books by Jean Fritz
Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up: Colonial Gardens
Jean Fritz's American History Books
Slaughterhouse-Five Short Answer
More Language Arts Activities for Colonial Times

Biographies

Learn About Paul Revere
William Bradford Biography
Crispus Attucks

Foods from Colonial Times

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

American Revolution Resources

Colonial American Gazette
Site of the Boston Massacre
Readers Theater Script: Johnny Tremain
Give Me Liberty Reading Guide
Women Following Washington's Army: Washington Hypotheses
Boston Tea Party
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Vol. 1 Discussion Guide
More Popular American Revolution Resources

Colonization Resources

America Is Named
Daily Journal Topics: Early American Life
The Mayflower Historical Fiction Reading Warm-Up
Historical Fiction Reading Warm-Up: Patrick Henry's Influence
Historical Fiction Reading Warm-Up: George Washington
Colonial Times: Heritage Handwriting
Choosing Plymouth - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 3 of 7)
More Colonization Resources

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Highlights

Teaching Racism & Discrimination in America
The issues of racism, prejudice, and discrimination have plagued the United States since it was founded, and racially motivated killings still occur with frequency today. Help your students understand the historical contexts of racism—with references on slavery, immigration, and the civil rights movement—to frame your conversation on modern instances of prejudice.

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.

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 (and now in print!), 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.

July Calendar of Events
July is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Canada Day (7/1), Independence Day (7/4/1776), World Population Day (7/11), Bastille Day in France (7/14), National Ice Cream Day (7/19), First Moon Landing (7/20/1969), World War I Began (7/28/1914), Author J.K. Rowling's Birthday (7/31/1965). Plus, celebrate Read an Almanac Month and Recreation and Parks Month all July long!

Videos
Interested in using different types of media in your classroom? We have a growing collection of videos, with related activities, for holidays and events, including: Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, and the environment. Enjoy!