Colonial American Leaders Scavenger Hunt Activity

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This Colonial America activity for elementary and middle school students is perfect for helping your students learn interesting facts about some of the important figures from colonial America. This activity can be assigned as individual or group work and is a perfect extension activity, early finisher project, or supplement to a unit on American history.

Students will use various research sources to perform a "scavenger hunt" of interesting facts about important figures from the colonial America. As they find the answers, they will create a slide presentation (digital) or mini-book (printable) documenting their answers. The questions are moderately challenging and require different levels of investigation to find the correct answers. This activity is suitable for grades 3 to 8; tips on differentiation can be found in the teaching instructions.

What's Included:

  • Teaching instructions with notes on research and differentiation for different grade levels;
  • A student worksheet featuring 15 scavenger hunt questions and space to record research notes;
  • A PowerPoint slide template that can be converted to Google Slides, if necessary, plus a printable version of the template for a handout option, if desired;
  • A complete answer key for all 15 questions with additional notes.

Sample Scavenger Hunt Questions:

  • Who in the colonial world declared that those who didn’t agree with his opinion were traitors?
  • Who in the colonial world was Commander-in-Chief of the Continental army during the Revolutionary war?
  • Who in the colonial world is credited with giving strict military and civil regulations to bring order to the Jamestown settlement?

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