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Ch 5: Colonial America for Elementary School

About This Chapter

Let your elementary school students relive the early days of American history using this chapter on colonial America. The bright, lively lessons in this flexible and useful resource can be adapted to fulfill multiple functions in the classroom or used as a study guide at home.

Colonial America for Elementary School - Chapter Summary

This chapter covers some significant aspects of the first European settlements in our country's history. Students can gain information about the lost colony at Roanoke, the early settlements in Pennsylvania, the Plymouth colony and more. These short lessons are designed to be entertaining as well as informative, so they catch and hold the students' interest. They can function as a supplement to regular classroom instruction, as an individual study aid or as assistance with test review and homework. Short quizzes allow you to measure your students' progress as they complete each lesson, and the chapter test gives you the means to gauge their comprehension overall.

Who It's For

Kids who need extra help with social studies will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There's no faster or easier way to learn about colonial America.

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding facts about the Mayflower Compact and the Sugar Act
  • Students with learning disabilities or need a little extra help learning about colonial America
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning social studies (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient and convenient way to learn about colonial America
  • Students who struggle to understand their social studies teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra social studies resources

How It Works

  • Find lessons in the chapter that cover social studies topics your student needs to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson with your student or read through the text lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts and highlighted vocab words to reinforce learning about colonial America.
  • Test your student's understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify your student understands colonial America by completing the Colonial America for Elementary School chapter exam.

29 Lessons in Chapter 5: Colonial America for Elementary School
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The Mayflower Compact: Lesson for Kids

1. The Mayflower Compact: Lesson for Kids

In this lesson, we'll examine the reasons for the Pilgrims move to Plymouth in 1620, and their establishment of the Mayflower Compact as the governing document of their colony.

The Sugar Act: Lesson for Kids

2. The Sugar Act: Lesson for Kids

This is a lesson about the Sugar Act of 1764, which was an attempt by the British government to make revenue from the molasses trade with the colonies. Learn about the Act, the events surrounding it, and how it helped start the American Revolution.

Pennsylvania Colony Lesson for Kids

3. Pennsylvania Colony Lesson for Kids

This lesson is about the founding of the Pennsylvania Colony by William Penn and the Quakers fleeing persecution in England. We'll also discuss how the colony influenced the rise of religious toleration in the United States.

The Lost Colony of Roanoke: Lesson for Kids

4. The Lost Colony of Roanoke: Lesson for Kids

In this lesson, we'll look at the mystery behind the lost colony of Roanoke. We'll learn what and where it is, some interesting facts, and explore what could have happened to it.

Plymouth Colony Lesson for Kids

5. Plymouth Colony Lesson for Kids

Many stories about the Pilgrims landing on Plymouth Rock are just that: stories--real history with some fiction mixed in. In this lesson, we'll learn about the Plymouth Colony and how it was really formed.

Maryland Colony: Lesson for Kids

6. Maryland Colony: Lesson for Kids

Maybe you've been to Maryland, or maybe you live there. But did you know that the colony of Maryland was originally founded by two groups who didn't get along? Keep reading to find out more.

Massachusetts Bay Colony: Lesson for Kids

7. Massachusetts Bay Colony: Lesson for Kids

Did you know the first Thanksgiving and the Boston Tea Party both took place in the Massachusetts Bay Colony? Even though it's a small place, a lot of big things happened there!

New England Colonies: Lesson for Kids

8. New England Colonies: Lesson for Kids

Have you ever wondered how New England got its name? People came from England to what they called the New World. Their old home was in England, and then they had a new home - it was a New England!

New Hampshire Colony: Lesson for Kids

9. New Hampshire Colony: Lesson for Kids

This lesson will teach you about the New Hampshire Colony. We'll take a look at who founded the colony, where it got its name, and how it was finally able to gain independence and become its own colony.

New York Colony: Lesson for Kids

10. New York Colony: Lesson for Kids

In this lesson, you'll explore how the New York Colony went from a Native American land, to a Dutch colony, a British Colony, and finally a state. You'll also learn how the colonists used the land to build a thriving economy.

North Carolina Colony: Lesson for Kids

11. North Carolina Colony: Lesson for Kids

North Carolina was originally colonized by the English. In this lesson, learn how North Carolina was discovered, explore the mystery of the Lost Colony, and find out about the colonial economy.

Colonial Life: Lesson for Kids

12. Colonial Life: Lesson for Kids

What would it be like to have to hunt or raise crops in order to eat? Would you like making your own clothes by hand? That was a part of life for Colonial Americans. This lesson will explore the interesting daily lives of the American colonists.

Colonial Trades: Lesson for Kids

13. Colonial Trades: Lesson for Kids

In this lesson, we'll learn about different trades during colonial times. Life was very simple back then, but the people formed communities where they provided various goods and services to each other.

Colonial Government Lesson for Kids

14. Colonial Government Lesson for Kids

Have you ever wondered what the government was like in America before the United States? In this lesson, we'll learn about the colonial government that oversaw the 13 Colonies.

Colonial Williamsburg: Lesson for Kids

15. Colonial Williamsburg: Lesson for Kids

This lesson describes the history of Colonial Williamsburg, including how it served as the capital of the Virginia colony for almost 80 years as well as the restoration efforts to turn it into the historical monument that it is today.

Rhode Island Colony: Lesson for Kids

16. Rhode Island Colony: Lesson for Kids

In this lesson, you will learn about the Rhode Island Colony. We'll learn about the founders, how they got their land, and how they joined together to form the colony.

Virginia Colony: Lesson for Kids

17. Virginia Colony: Lesson for Kids

Learn how King James I sent 100 men across the Atlantic ocean in search of riches. It wasn't a huge success at first, but we'll see how Virginia became the first of the thirteen original colonies, and how they did eventually strike 'green gold!'

Columbus Day Lesson for Kids: History & Facts

18. Columbus Day Lesson for Kids: History & Facts

In this lesson you will learn about Columbus Day and why it is celebrated as a national holiday in the United States. You will also learn who Christopher Columbus was and about his journey to the Americas.

The First Thanksgiving Lesson for Kids: Story & Facts

19. The First Thanksgiving Lesson for Kids: Story & Facts

Americans celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday in November every year. But what happened at the first Thanksgiving? Did the Pilgrims and Native Americans really eat turkey and pumpkin pie? Let's find out!

Navigation Acts Lesson for Kids

20. Navigation Acts Lesson for Kids

In this lesson, we will learn about the Navigation Acts, a group of laws made in England in the 1600s and 1700s. These laws affected trade between England, the colonies, and other countries.

The French & Indian War Lesson for Kids

21. The French & Indian War Lesson for Kids

The French and Indian War took place in North America between the British and French in the mid-1700s, taking the name 'Indian' from the Native American allies on both sides. Learn how this war changed the course of American and Canadian history.

13 Colonies Facts: Lesson for Kids

22. 13 Colonies Facts: Lesson for Kids

Do you celebrate Thanksgiving? Did you know that the people of the original 13 colonies and the Native Americans were the first to celebrate Thanksgiving? The 13 colonies were the first settlements that later led to the creation of the United States!

Mayflower Lesson for Kids: History & Facts

23. Mayflower Lesson for Kids: History & Facts

Have you ever sat down for a huge Thanksgiving dinner and wondered how this tradition began? In this lesson, we'll learn about the Mayflower, the boat that Pilgrims traveled to America on.

California Missions Lesson for Kids: Facts & System

24. California Missions Lesson for Kids: Facts & System

This lesson will introduce you to the California missions, including the system in which the Native Californians and missions' priests lived. Read on to learn interesting facts about life at a mission.

Jamestown Lesson for Kids: History & Facts

25. Jamestown Lesson for Kids: History & Facts

This lesson will talk about Jamestown, the first English colony in North America. Find out what happened when the settlers tried to start a new community in a faraway land where everything was very different from England.

Facts About the Middle Colonies: Lesson for Kids

26. Facts About the Middle Colonies: Lesson for Kids

How do you suppose the Middle Colonies got their name? What were they in the middle of? In this lesson, we'll find out about the colonies in the middle of the original thirteen English colonies.

Pilgrim Facts: Lesson for Kids

27. Pilgrim Facts: Lesson for Kids

Have you ever played the game 'Pilgrims and Indians', where kids run around chasing each other? Ever wondered who the Pilgrims are and why they're associated with Indians? This lesson will teach you all you need to know about the Pilgrims.

Facts About the Southern Colonies: Lesson for Kids

28. Facts About the Southern Colonies: Lesson for Kids

Did you know that Pocahontas was a real person, not just a character in a Disney movie? She was just one of the many people that influenced the development of the Southern Colonies in the 1600s and 1700s.

Stamp Act Facts: Lesson for Kids

29. Stamp Act Facts: Lesson for Kids

This lesson will teach you about the Stamp Act, a tax by the British on the American colonies. You will learn how the colonists' reacted to this, and what the final outcome was.

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