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Blast from the Present: A Time Capsule for Colonial Americans

Blast From the Present - A Time Capsule for Colonial America
Blast From the Present - A Time Capsule for Colonial America
Blast From the Present - A Time Capsule for Colonial America

This FutureFit Project is a supplemental project-based lesson covering aspects of life in Colonial America and how they contrast with aspects of life in the 21st Century. It is designed to reinforce core Social Studies subject material while also incorporating social-emotional learning and 21st Century skills and concepts.

Grades
4
5
6

OVERVIEW:

This FutureFit lesson is designed to supplement a standard 12-15 unit lesson for Grades 4-6 Social Studies by offering a unique project that ties together the core academic concepts with a set of FutureFit social-emotional and 21st Century Skills.

STUDENT/GROUP OUTPUT:

Students will:

  • Compare and contrast 18th Century life to 21st Century life
  • Create a reverse time capsule to share 21st Century life with Colonial Americans

SUGGESTED SUBJECT PREREQUISITES:

It is suggested that students should have familiarity with the following subject material as background for this lesson:

  • A basic understanding of the geography, customs, and traditions of the 13 Colonies
  • A basic understanding of how the Colonial period influenced the development of the United States

SEQUENCE AND PACING

This project-based lesson includes enough material for use in five 45-minutes periods of instruction. If a more focused lesson is appropriate, select the 3-day Short Lesson. The Concept Check version provides activities which reinforce the core math concepts.

TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES (suggested):

  • Internet access

STANDARDS ALIGNMENT

These activities support the following NCSS curriculum standards:

  • D2.His.2.3-5. Compare life in specific historical time periods to life today
  • D2.His.5.3-5. Explain connections among historical contexts and people’s perspectives at the time.
  • D2.His.10.3-5. Compare information provided by different historical sources about the past.
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