Colonial Times

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Introduce students to the living conditions during Colonial Times in America with our Colonial Times Lesson Plan.  This interactive lesson engages the imagination and knowledge of students on what it was like being a child during the era.  Students will draft a 1st person story and share their story with the class to further develop their research, written expression, and presentation skills.

Colonial Times Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Colonial Times.
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students the knowledge to describe living conditions during Colonial Times in America.
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 4-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Introduce students to the living conditions during Colonial Times in America with our Colonial Times Lesson Plan.  This interactive lesson engages the imagination and knowledge of students on what it was like being a child during the era.  Students will draft a 1st person story and share their story with the class to further develop their research, written expression, and presentation skills.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction

  1. Ask students how many of them could handle working about 16 hours a day, 6 days a week. Ask the students what they think it would be like to work as the colonial children did. Ask if there are any tasks that the students would or would not be able to complete within 16 hours per day, for six days each week.
  2. Allow for responses and discussion.
  3. Tell the students that Colonial children as young as 7 years old were working 16 hours each day and 6 days per week during Colonial Times.
  4. Distribute the Colonial Times content page. Read and review the information with the students. Be sure students understand the words in bold print.
  5. Once completed, distribute the Activity page and review the instructions. Allow students access to the Internet or other resources for more information about the Colonial Times and being a child during the era.
  6. Once all students have completed their 1st-Person Story, schedule each student to read their account to the class.
  7. Following the presentations, distribute the practice page so that students can get a sense of the original 13 colonies. Distribute colored pencils.
  8. Review the work.
  9. Distribute the homework page puzzle. Review the next day.
  10. In closing the lesson, ask students to share where they would have wanted to live during the Colonial Times, in the city, on the farm and why?

Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.5, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6.10

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions

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Additional information

Grade Level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Social Studies

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05/24/2018
Kimberly M.
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Colonial Times

Great information on colonial times and the 13th colonies!