Life in the Colonies-Grade 1

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mapA Colonial Family and Community Be a history detective. Go back in time and investigate the daily lives of the Daggetts, a colonial family from northeastern Connecticut. Collect clues to uncover answers to 7 questions about colonial life in the 1700s. Then prove your skills as a history detective by discovering "What's wrong with this picture?"

Life on Plymouth Plantation Have you ever wondered what life was like 375 years ago in America? What did the men, women, and children first see and experience when they landed at Plymouth Rock in 1620? These brave people left their homes in England to escape religious persecution by immigrating to America!

Children in Colonial Times What was life like for children? Difficult.

Kid Info: New England Colonies Quality Sites that contain information about the 13 Colonies.

Click to see Disney Pocahontas image The Real Pocahontas Matoaka was the beautiful and lively daughter of Powhatan, ruler of the land that the English named Virginia. "Pocahontas" was her childhood nickname, translated as "little wanton," meaning she was playful and hard to control. Pocahontas saved the struggling Jamestown colony from extinction twice.

Jamestown Rediscovery: Captain John Smith Virginians know that Captain John Smith was one of the first American heroes. But because he was a proud and boastful man, it is difficult to know which parts of his life are fact and which are fiction. What many people may not know is that Smith's adventures started even before Jamestown.

History Mystery - Colonial Period Hello, history fans! Now you're on the trail of solving this mystery. One BIG HINT from Carlotta Facts: This isn't a guessing game. Pay close attention to the clues, do your research, and you will turn out to be a super historical detective!

History Mystery - Colonial Life Game! Around Halloween, lots of kids think about dressing up, but I like to do that as part of my job every day! Take the frock coat Im wearing its from the eighteenth century! Well-preserved, eh? Finding cool clothes and objects from the past really gets me in the mood as I dig into yet another History Mystery, this one about life in the American colonies.

Journey Into History: Voyage on the Mayflower Explore the Mayflower's nooks and crannies, and learn what daily life at sea was really like in 1620.

ChesapeakeColonies.gif_t.jpg (2K) 13 Originals-Founding the American Colonies The history of the original 13 colonies is a tangled tale indeed. There are many ways to view the events and, in hind sight, it is easy to think you understand. But no one knew where they were headed at the time and it could have ended up very different.

The House of Burgesses The English kings who ruled the 13 original colonies reserved the right to decide the fate of their colonies as well, but not alone. The colonists drew upon their claims to traditional English rights and insisted on raising their own representative assemblies. Such was the case with the Virginia House of Burgesses, the first popularly elected legislature in the New World.

House of Burgesses The House of Burgesses was the first representative legislative body in colonial America. The House of Burgesses first met at Jamestown, then the capital of Virginia, on July 30, 1619.

History of Jamestown In June of 1606, King James I granted a charter to a group of London entrepreneurs, the Virginia Company, to establish a satellite English settlement in the Chesapeake region of North America. By December, 108 settlers sailed from London instructed to settle Virginia, find gold and a water route to the Orient.

Jamestown Rediscovery: John Rolfe John Rolfe stepped into history in May 1609, when he boarded the Sea Venture, bound for Virginia.

West Virginia Archives and History Learn more about West Virginia's history beginning with its settlement.

Slavery in western Virginia Although most people in western Virginia were engaged in farming and livestock operations in which slavery was not economical, there were parts of the region which did use slave labor.

Colonial America This site contains various links to sites on the Internet that deal with Colonial America.

Bassett HallColonial Williamsburg Discovery Colonial Williamsburg online including sections to meet the people, see the places, a colonial dateline, experience colonial life and more!

Salem Witch Trials In 1692 innocent men and women were hanged for witchcraft. An old man was pressed to death under heavy rocks for refusing to stand trial. Four others died in jail as they awaited trial. How did a village get caught up in such madness? Enter a world very different from our own - and discover the fears, struggles and beliefs of everyday people in Salem.


Lesson Plans/Classroom Activities


Puzzle--Thirteen Colonies

Ben Franklin Timeline

When Travelers Meet

13 Colonies Map Worksheet

Come to America

Virtual Jamestown Colony

Exploring Native Americans Across the Curriculum

Thanksgiving - The Mayflower

Pilgrims' Thanksgiving Turkey


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