Navigation Acts Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

This lesson plan uses an informational text to teach students about the Navigation Acts. Students will do a close reading of the text, ask and answer questions to increase comprehension, and complete a cooperative activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain the key components of the Navigation Acts
  • describe the colonist's reactions to the Navigation Acts


1 - 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.1

Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.2

Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3

Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.5

Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.


  • Copies of the lesson Navigation Acts Lesson for Kids, one for each student
  • Samples of political cartoons, specifically ones related to the Navigation Acts

Key Vocabulary

  • Colony
  • Import
  • Export

Warm-Up and Preparation

  • Ask students to imagine the principal has decided that from now on, fourth grade students would only be allowed to buy salad and fruit for lunch and could only bring these same things from home. How would this make them feel? Why?
  • Explain to students that this is something like the Navigation Acts and have them predict what this may mean.

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