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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.


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


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

Art, Music, & Drama Activities

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

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
Sarah Morton's Day, Samuel Eaton's Day, & Tapenum's Day
Aboard the Mayflower - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 2 of 7)
More Popular Thanksgiving Activities for Social Studies

Native-American Heritage

Thanksgiving Fact Sheet
The First Winter - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 4 of 7)
The First Thanksgiving - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 5 of 7)
Life in Plymouth - Pilgrim Study Unit (lesson 6 of 7)
A Not-So Traditional Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving: Multiple Perspectives
Cranberry-Nut Bread
More Native-American Heritage Resources

Lesson Plans

The Declaration of Sentiments & Your Rights
Communities: Past and Present
The Era of Thomas Jefferson
Colonial New England Food & Cooking
Indentured Servants
Old Sturbridge Village
Women Following Washington's Army
More Colonial Times Lesson Plans


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


Declaration of Independence – Videos & Activities
Indentured Servants' Experiences 1600-1700
My Brother Sam Is Dead
Articles of Confederation
American Revolution Books by Jean Fritz
Thanksgiving Menu: Then & Now
Jean Fritz's American History Books
More Colonial Times Articles

Language Arts Activities

Slaughterhouse-Five Projects
Give Me Liberty Reading Guide
Colonial Weapons and Tools: A Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up
Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up: Colonial Gardens
Colonial Times: Heritage Handwriting
American History Reading Warm-Up 41 for Gr. 3 & 4: Boston Tea Party
Colonial School Vocabulary
More Language Arts Activities for Colonial Times


Learn About Paul Revere
William Bradford Biography
Crispus Attucks

Foods from Colonial Times

Dried-Pepper Hangings Instruction Sheet
Indian Pudding
Hasty Pudding

American Revolution Resources

Boston Tea Party
Slaughterhouse-Five Short Answer
Readers Theater Script: Johnny Tremain
Site of the Boston Massacre
Colonial American Gazette
Women Following Washington's Army: Washington Hypotheses
Abigail Adams Writes a Letter
More Popular American Revolution Resources

Colonization Resources

America Is Named
The Mayflower Historical Fiction Reading Warm-Up
Choosing Plymouth - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 3 of 7)
Pilgrim Children - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 7 of 7)
Of Plymouth Plantation
Reading Warm-Up 45 for Gr. 5 & 6: American History
Historical Fiction Reading Warm-Up: Patrick Henry's Influence
More Colonization Resources


Children's Choice Book Awards
We love books! Encourage students to vote for their favorite children's book, author, and illustrator of the year at Funbrain and Poptropica. Teens can make their picks too. Read the complete list of nominated books, as well as related activities, and get voting!

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

April Calendar of Events
April is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Tell a Story Day (4/27) and International Jazz Day (4/30). Plus, celebrate Mathematics Education Month, National Poetry Month, and Youth Sports 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.

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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