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Ch 3: The 13 Colonies Lesson Plans & Resources

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Enhance your regular U.S. history curriculum with these useful and convenient lesson plans on the 13 colonies. You'll find project ideas, activities, games and other resources you can use to bring this period to life for your students.

The 13 Colonies Lesson Plans & Resources - Chapter Summary

Learning about colonial life becomes fun and interesting for your students when you incorporate these lesson plan outlines. You'll find lesson plans and other resources on life in the colonies and important individuals like William Penn, James Oglethorpe and others. These resources can help you teach your students about the Puritans, the Salem witch trials, the French and Indian War and many more related topics. The accompanying lessons offer comprehensive information for your students, while the art projects, games and other tools make learning easy and fun. The resources presented here can help you develop:

  • Lessons on how the early American colonists lived and their economy
  • Activities, games and projects focusing on the 13 colonies
  • Classroom assignments on the Salem Witch Trials, the Puritans and the Quakers
  • Biographical and historical lessons on Olaudah Equiano, Anne Hutchinson, Jonathan Edwards and others
  • History lessons on the French and Indian War, Proclamation of 1763 and the Great Awakening

How It Helps

  • Curriculum standards : Ensures that your lessons on the 13 colonies are consistent with current educational standards.
  • Individual or group projects: Includes suggestions for art and other projects based on the 13 colonies that your students can work on either singly or in groups.
  • Activities or games: Offers games and activities that will keep your students interested in how the colonists lived, what influenced their lives, and more.

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning lessons on the 13 colonies easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific topics on the 13 colonies that you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in these lesson plans focusing on the 13 colonies.
  • Share the related lessons about the 13 colonies for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important concepts from these lessons on the 13 colonies.
  • Engage your students with relevant games and activities, discussion questions or other materials on the 13 colonies found in the lesson plan outline.

49 Lessons in Chapter 3: The 13 Colonies Lesson Plans & Resources
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The 13 Colonies: Life, Economy & External Influences

1. The 13 Colonies: Life, Economy & External Influences

In this lesson, you will explore daily life and the economy of the 13 colonies. You will also discover the external influences that impacted colonial life. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The 13 Colonies: Life in Early America

2. The 13 Colonies: Life in Early America

What was it like to live in America during the colonial period? Just like today, it depended where you were. Learn about the factors that categorized all of the American colonies, as well as the differences between the northern, middle and southern colonies.

13 Colonies Games & Activities

3. 13 Colonies Games & Activities

Learning about the thirteen colonies can be interesting, but there are also a lot of facts for students to learn. Instead of having students memorize information, try out one of these fun games and activities.

Salem Witch Trials Lesson Plan

4. Salem Witch Trials Lesson Plan

What really happened during the Salem witch trials? A text lesson outlines key facts while an activity brings the stories of the accused to life. Related lessons and additional activities are included to forge on with instruction.

Salem Witch Trials of 1692: Facts, History & Causes

5. Salem Witch Trials of 1692: Facts, History & Causes

While the term 'witch-hunt' has become part of our common vocabulary, it has roots in the hysteria that befell Salem Village, Massachusetts, at the close of the seventeenth century. Develop an understanding of the Salem witch trials and test your knowledge with a short quiz.

The French and Indian War: Causes, Effects & Summary

6. The French and Indian War: Causes, Effects & Summary

In the mid-1700s, the Seven Years' War involved all of the world's major colonial powers on five continents. The biggest fight was between France and Great Britain, and the victor would come away with control of North America.

French & Indian War Activities & Games

7. French & Indian War Activities & Games

The French and Indian war spanned seven years and represented France's rebellion against the British. This period in history is pivotal to the early foundation of America. Students will enjoy learning more about this conflict through these specially designed games and activities.

Olaudah Equiano Lesson Plan

8. Olaudah Equiano Lesson Plan

Teach your students about the important abolitionist and author Olaudah Equiano. Students will read about his early life, life as a slave, and time as a writer and abolitionist. Apply concepts of main idea and supporting details, then have students show their knowledge with an activity.

Olaudah Equiano: Biography, Facts & Books

9. Olaudah Equiano: Biography, Facts & Books

How much do you know about Olaudah Equiano? You might know that he was captured and sold into slavery as a kid, but what about his work as an abolitionist and an author? Read on to learn about the biography and writing of Olaudah Equiano.

13 Colonies Project Ideas

10. 13 Colonies Project Ideas

The 13 colonies existed in a world very different to what we are used to today. Help students learn about this world in a fun way by involving them in 13 colonies projects. Check out these ideas.

Colonial Art Projects

11. Colonial Art Projects

Colonial America was a time of great change. Yet in many ways, it was a much more innocent and simpler time. These easy and engaging art projects will help students immerse themselves in this significant time in history.

Colonial Games for Kids

12. Colonial Games for Kids

If you are teaching your students about Colonial America, you might want to show them some games children played then! This lesson gives you some ideas for games that you can easily adapt to the classroom.

Anne Hutchinson Lesson Plan

13. Anne Hutchinson Lesson Plan

Who was Anne Hutchinson and what is the historical significance of her life? This lesson plan uses a text and a video lesson to outline key events in the life of Anne Hutchinson. An activity provides a takeaway for students.

Anne Hutchinson: Facts, Biography & Quotes

14. Anne Hutchinson: Facts, Biography & Quotes

In this lesson we will learn about Anne Hutchinson, an important Puritan figure. We will explore her life, highlighting key themes and developments. We will focus on her role in what has been called the Antinomian Controversy. We will also highlight some of her quotes.

The Great Awakening Lesson Plan

15. The Great Awakening Lesson Plan

What do your students know about the Great Awakening in America's history? This lesson plan uses an informative video lesson to summarize key points and an activity to take this topic a bit further.

The First Great Awakening: Religious Revival and American Independence

16. The First Great Awakening: Religious Revival and American Independence

While the Enlightenment was shaping the minds of 18th-century colonists, another movement, the First Great Awakening, was shaping their hearts. With freedom of conscience at its core, the Awakening led Americans to break with religious traditions and seek out their own beliefs while sharing common values.

The First Great Awakening Activities

17. The First Great Awakening Activities

In the 1730s, there was a change in the way people viewed religion. This shift was called the First Great Awakening, and it has influences that can still be seen today. Use the following activities to help your students learn about this important period in history.

Jonathan Edwards Lesson Plan

18. Jonathan Edwards Lesson Plan

This lesson plan outlines numerous discussion questions and topics, key vocabulary, a quiz, and an activity that will help students better understand Jonathan Edwards and the First Great Awakening.

Jonathan Edwards and the Great Awakening: Sermons & Biography

19. Jonathan Edwards and the Great Awakening: Sermons & Biography

Jonathan Edwards was an American minister whose sermon 'Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God' became one of the most famous sermons of the 18th century. In this lesson, we'll look at Edwards' sermon and analyze it for Puritan beliefs and style.

William Penn Lesson Plan

20. William Penn Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about William Penn. Students will read a text lesson detailing his life, teachings and impact on early colonial life and the Quakers. A quiz, discussion questions and activity are included to make learning memorable.

William Penn: History, Facts & Biography

21. William Penn: History, Facts & Biography

Meet William Penn, the founder of the Pennsylvania Colony and a leader in the Quaker religion. Discover how the young man from a prestigious family became an important figure in the New World.

Puritans Lesson Plan

22. Puritans Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will give you important discussion questions and topics, as well as a quiz and an activity, which will test student understanding and retention of information surrounding the Puritans.

Puritans in America: Beliefs, Religion & History

23. Puritans in America: Beliefs, Religion & History

Learn about the Puritans, a religious group that settled in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the 1600s. Explore the world and religious views of these important immigrants to the American colonies.

James Oglethorpe Lesson Plan

24. James Oglethorpe Lesson Plan

Teach your students about James Oglethorpe with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson outlining Oglethorpe's life and influence in both America and Great Britain, discuss key concepts then apply learning to an activity.

James Oglethorpe: Facts & Biography

25. James Oglethorpe: Facts & Biography

James Oglethorpe was a British philanthropist who was one of the founders of the colony of Georgia. He also served in Parliament and was an officer in the British army.

Roger Williams Lesson Plan

26. Roger Williams Lesson Plan

This lesson plan can be used to teach your students about Roger Williams. Students will read a text lesson explaining who Williams was and his role as a Christian colonist and a founding father.

Who Was Roger Williams? - History & Explanation

27. Who Was Roger Williams? - History & Explanation

Roger Williams was a prominent preacher who fought for religious freedom in the 1600s in Colonial America. After being banished from the Massachusetts colony, he became one of the founding fathers of Rhode Island.

Proclamation of 1763 Lesson Plan

28. Proclamation of 1763 Lesson Plan

Teach your students about the Proclamation of 1763 with this lesson plan designed for young learners. Guide students as they read a text lesson explaining the history, proclamation and reaction, then apply learning to an activity.

What is the Proclamation of 1763? - Lesson for Kids

29. What is the Proclamation of 1763? - Lesson for Kids

In this lesson, we will be learning about the Proclamation of 1763, in which the British government restricted its colonists from moving west into the 'great playground' on the other side of the mountains. This led to growing tension between the colonists and the British government.

Quakers Lesson Plan

30. Quakers Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help your students learn about the history of the Quakers, their beliefs, as well as their persecution through a series of discussion topics, an activity, and a quiz.

What are Quakers? - Definition, Beliefs & History

31. What are Quakers? - Definition, Beliefs & History

This lesson explores the nature and history of the Religious Society of Friends, also known as the Quakers. We will review their core doctrinal beliefs, style of worship, and history. Finally, we will look at the three main Quaker traditions that exist today.

Life in Colonial America Lesson Plan

32. Life in Colonial America Lesson Plan

What was life like in colonial America? This lesson plan outlines this concept for students with the help of a simple yet engaging text lesson. An activity adds creativity to the mix and gives students a fun take-away.

Colonial Life: Lesson for Kids

33. 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.

Indentured Servants Lesson Plan

34. Indentured Servants Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about indentured servants. Students will watch a video detailing what indentured servants were, reasons for having them, and what life was like for them. Deepen understanding with discussion questions, cooperative learning and a quiz.

Indentured Servants in Colonial America: Definition & Role in History

35. Indentured Servants in Colonial America: Definition & Role in History

Define indentured servitude, learn why immigrants decided to become servants, understand the challenges servants faced, and know the factors that led to the decline of indentured servitude.

House of Burgesses Lesson Plan

36. House of Burgesses Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to introduce students to Virginia's House of Burgesses. Students will watch a video lesson about this former governing body, discuss key events and information, and compare the House of Burgesses to modern government.

Virginia House Of Burgesses: Definition & Importance

37. Virginia House Of Burgesses: Definition & Importance

The Virginia House of Burgesses was the first legislative body in British North America. Learn about the creation of the House, the House's growing power, and how the House of Burgesses led to the American Revolution in this lesson.

Religion in U.S. Colonies Lesson Plan

38. Religion in U.S. Colonies Lesson Plan

Broaden students' knowledge about religion when the U.S. colonies were first settled. Students will watch a video, participate in discussion questions, complete an activity, and take a quiz.

Theocracy in the American Colonies: Definition, History & Examples

39. Theocracy in the American Colonies: Definition, History & Examples

Through this lesson, you will learn the characteristics that define a theocracy; explore its role in the settlement of Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts; and come to understand how it worked in colonial life.

Liberty Bell Lesson Plan

40. Liberty Bell Lesson Plan

This lesson offers many ways for your students to learn about the Liberty Bell. Your students will read and discuss a text lesson, play a trivia game, create liberty posters, and take a quiz.

Colonial Occupations Lesson Plan

41. Colonial Occupations Lesson Plan

What did people in Colonial America do for a living? In this lesson, students explore different trades and occupations held by those who lived in Colonial America and create a demonstration of one of those occupations.

Colonial Trades & Occupations

42. Colonial Trades & Occupations

Have you ever wondered what people did for a living in Colonial America? In this lesson, learn more about their various trades and occupations, like weaving, coopering, and printing.

The French and Indian War Lesson Plan for Elementary School

43. The French and Indian War Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Help students understand the importance of the French and Indian War and its relevance with this lesson plan. After reading a text lesson, have students use active strategies to increase content recall, do an application activity, and take a quiz.

13 Colonies Lesson Plan

44. 13 Colonies Lesson Plan

Use this Study.com lesson to teach your students about the 13 colonies. This lesson plan will help to teach students about life in the shoes of a colonist, the colonial economic system and how Enlightenment played a role in the colonies.

French and Indian War Lesson Plan

45. French and Indian War Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan on the French and Indian War along with a Study.com video lesson to enhance your teaching of the world's first global war. Also see how differing perspectives on taxation led to the American Revolution.

The Middle Colonies Lesson Plan

46. The Middle Colonies Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students will learn about the Middle Colonies, which included Delaware, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. This lesson fits in with other lessons on the American Colonies and the early history of the United States.

The Southern Colonies Lesson Plan

47. The Southern Colonies Lesson Plan

This lesson plan provides support for teachers who are studying the Southern Colonies in America. Students will watch a video lesson, compare the colonies, and create a diary of a citizen from the area.

New England Colonies Project Ideas

48. New England Colonies Project Ideas

Colonial New England was a hotbed of cultural and intellectual activity as well as an epicenter of the ideas that spawned the American Revolution. These projects will help your class examine the New England colonies from various perspectives.

13 Colonies Unit Plan

49. 13 Colonies Unit Plan

The original 13 colonies were instrumental in the birth of America. This unit plan offers activities, project ideas, discussion questions, and other valuable resources for you to utilize as you teach your middle school students about the 13 colonies.

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