13 Original Colonies

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Our 13 Original Colonies Lesson Plan identifies the 13 original colonies of the United States, characteristics and founders of each, as well as other related information. As students compare and contrast the colonies, they develop their critical thinking skills and written expression.  This interactive lesson also engages creativity as students devise a pneumonic for the order of the 13 colonies, as well as collaborative learning when students pair up to design a booklet.

13 Original Colonies Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about the 13 Original Colonies
  • 13 Original Colonies Practice Worksheets
  • 13 Original Colonies Word Problem worksheet
  • 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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Description

Our 13 Original Colonies Lesson Plan identifies the 13 original colonies of the United States, characteristics and founders of each, as well as other related information. As students compare and contrast the colonies, they develop their critical thinking skills and written expression.  This interactive lesson also engages creativity as students devise a pneumonic for the order of the 13 colonies, as well as collaborative learning when students pair up to design a booklet.

Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction Sample:

  1. Display the first letter only of the original 13 colonies in the order they were established (V, M, N, M, C, R, D, N, S, N, N, P, G; option: add the second half of two-word colonies). Ask students: What do you think these letters stand for?
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Give hints for the correct response. Following sufficient time, reveal the answer if unknown to the students.
  3. Ask students if they can create a pneumonic device to recall the names of the colonies in order. Allow students sufficient time. Once completed, volunteers share and the class can vote on the best.
  4. Distribute 13 Original Colonies content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Save the final question for the lesson closing. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  5. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions. Pair students. Allow access to the Internet. Distribute paper for the booklets. Give students sufficient time to complete the activity. Remind students to share the work with their partners.

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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 3 class sessions.

Additional Resources:

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Additional information

Grade Level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Social Studies