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Colonial America – Maps of the 13 Colonies

August 21, 2011
Colonial America –  Maps of the 13 Colonies

Colonial America – Maps Working with maps help children get a better understanding of how land-forms and environment effect the cultures living there.  I have included 4 maps that I used to help my students get a better perspective of where the states are located and what states are next to them.  You may...
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Colonial America – Create a Colonial Marketplace

August 20, 2011
Colonial America – Create a Colonial Marketplace

  Colonial American Marketplaces Creating a colonial marketplace is a fun activity for kids to participate in. Colonist usually exchanged things they made or crops they grew for things they needed.  This is called “bartering” or trading. Making a good trade was important for both parties – it needed to be fair for everyone!...
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Colonial America – Making a 3D Map

August 19, 2011
Colonial America – Making a 3D Map

    Creating 3-D maps using Celluclay and modeling clay is a great way to integrate all the elements together. The Celluclay is easy to prepare, makes it possible to cover a large area with varies land forms and dries overnight if it isn’t too thick.  You may want to let it be open...
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Colonial America – When Traveling to America Long Ago, What Would You Take?

August 16, 2011
Colonial America – When Traveling to America Long Ago, What Would You Take?

Traveling to a New Land Leaving England was a big decision.  You would be leaving family, friends and everything you knew and going to something completely unknown.  It wasn’t something for the faint of heart.  It took a lot of courage and determination to do it. So this activity has your child image they...
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Colonial America – Occupations Card Game

August 15, 2011
Colonial America – Occupations Card Game

Occupations Long Ago Colonial occupations ranged from hatters (not the mad hatter!) to cordwainer (what’s that??).  Download the cards to play concentration game or Go Fish!  Learning the occupations with simple drawings and a brief summary for each.  These will also work well if you decide to have your child participate in a market...
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Colonial America – Quilting

August 14, 2011
Colonial America – Quilting

Quilting Colonist used everything that also included using scraps of clothing.  Women would used scraps of clothing to make blankets, chair covers and clothing.  The quilt blankets patterns from colonial time are still used and revered today. Quilting became more than just a way to keep warm.  The blankets were a way to preserve...
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Colonial America – Secret Codes

August 13, 2011
Colonial America – Secret Codes

Benedict Arnold has the inevitable honor of being remembered as a traitor of his country although he was a skilled general of Revolutionary troops. He felt he wasn’t getting the recognition that he was entitled to and began to give the British confidenial information through secret codes.  The secret codes looked like correspondence between...
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Colonial America – Log Cabins

August 12, 2011
Colonial America – Log Cabins

The  Log Cabins My students played with Lincoln Logs to understand how log cabin buildings were created.  They created different designs and saw the reason for the notching the logs to fit them together. Log cabins were made using the available native woods.  They usually consisted of 1 large room with a fireplace for...
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Colonial American – Maps

August 4, 2011
Colonial American – Maps

  Colonial American Region Maps While studying Colonial America I introduced my students to the 13 colonies and where they are located on the map of the United States.  To make it easier to understand the regions, I made 3 maps:  the New England colonies, Middle colonies and Southern colonies. It was a...
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Jay Leno Quizzing People on American History

August 1, 2011

Quizzing Adults on American History How important is history?  To many, understanding how unique and incredible our constitution is and how are nation came to be gives them deep sense of pride. Watching this YouTube video of Jay Leno’s Jaywalk and he is quizzing people on the street with history questions. The people he...
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