Lesson 1

Lesson 2

Lesson 3

Lesson 4

Lesson 5

Lesson 6

Lesson 7

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Lesson 1 Picture prompt

Objective: Students will create an image in their minds about What life may have been like in the 1700's.

Resources: A picture depicting (action) life during the 1700's Farm life City life Plantation life

Activity: Introduce a picture reflecting the lifestyle in colonial America. Students will study the picture and write what they think life was like specifically - work, family, activities, clothing, housing, and luxuries. Students will write an essay describing what they think life would be like in colonial America, focusing on work, family, activities, clothing, housing, and luxuries.

Wrap-up: Students will orally read their essay to the class and share their observation and thoughts.



Lesson 2 Biography

Objective: Students will begin to learn more about people who helped create history and why the person is so memorable. Students will be given a person to research, from a predetermined list. Students will research this person. In the first paragraph the student will write about the person's life. In the second paragraph the student will write about the contribution that the person make during his/her lifetime and why it was important.

Resources: History book, Internet websites, Encyclopedia

Activity: Students will research, write two good paragraphs, with a rough draft and a final copy.

Wrap - up: Students will present biographies orally to the class. They will dress in character on this day.

Biography (suggested people): Paul Revere John Woolman Peter Zinger Thomas Jefferson Phillis Wheatly Patrick Henry Abigail Adams George Washington Thomas Paine Mary Ludwig Hays

Benjamin Franklin John Adams Samuel Adams John Hancock

Paragraph 1 write who... what... Paragraph 2 write what contribution

Events: Intolerable acts Stamp Act Boston Tea Party American Revolution First Continental Congress Second Continental Congress Declaration of Independence U.S. Constitution Townsend Acts Bill of Rights French Indian War

Paragraph 1 Explain what this event is, and when it happened. Paragraph 2 Did we benefit from this event? How?



Lesson 3 Timeline

Objective: To identify major events of the 1700's using a picture timeline


1. Create a picture timeline to review important events from the 1600's

2. Students are paired and given previously learned events to illustrate with a short caption underneath explaining the illustration. Class timeline is created to recap prior knowledge.

3. New events for the 1700's are taught and added to the picture timeline with students completing the illustrations.


Lesson 4

Objective: Students will identify population changes during the 1700's.


1. Students will research the populations for the 13 original colonies (combined population) using the internet and history books.

2. Students will create a line graph to chart population changes in 20 year intervals.

3. Students will answer word problems w/partners to analyze the information shown on the graph.

4. Students will make projections on future populations based on data shown on the graph.

Sample Questions: The line graph shows the growth in population of the 13 English colonies between 1700 and 1800. 1. Using your Math skills, what was the growth in population between 1700 and 1720? 2. What was the growth in population between 1700 and 1800? 3. Looking at the line graph, between which twenty year span was the largest growth in population? How do you know? 4. Which twenty year span had the smallest growth in population? How do you know? 5. What do you think the population will be in 1820, based on the growth you see on this graph? How did you figure this out?

Line Graph Chart Example:


Lesson 5 Venn Diagram

Objective: Students will create a Venn Diagram. They will compare daily life in colonial America to daily life today.

Activity: Class will discuss types of clothing, daily life, school, environment, work, housing, furniture, food, recreation style of homes, women's jobs, men's jobs They will write key ideas on index cards. Cards will be taped to the board. Students will be called up, pick a card and place in the correct section of the Venn Diagram. They will explain why they put it where they did.

Wrap - up: Students will reflect on the diagram and see what has changed since colonial days, and what has remained the same.

Students will work with a partner to create a Venn Diagram using pictures of a southern colonial plantation and a New England Village. They will then complete a 2 paragraph essay describing the similarities and differences of the two pictures.



Lesson 6 Product Map

Objective: to learn the products that each section of the colonies exported to other countries for profit.

Activity: Students will create a map of the 13 colonies. They will color code each of the 3 sections; New England colonies, Middle colonies, and Southern colonies. Then, they will create a key with the products each section will have a moveable symbol reflecting that symbol for the products.    


Wrap  up: Students will research to find out what products these states export now. Is it the same, or has it changed.


Lesson 7 Class trip

Objective: To expose students to colonial life in an authentic New Jersey Dutch Colonial House  to identify the importance of rivers to the economy of colonial New Jersey

Activity: Class trip to the Von Steuben House and Campell Christie House.

Prior to the class trip discuss the Battle of Long Island and how Washington retreated to Fort Lee then, made his was to Hackensack. The one and only bridge to cross the Hackensack River was New Bridge (use maps to show the location of this event) the troops stopped at the Von Steuben house while they disassembled the bridge to prevent British troops from crossing over. *prior knowledge- importance of river location for shipping and receiving products. At the houses, students will receive a guided tour including the main house, the out kitchen, the pub, the inn, and a demonstration of products produced and used during colonial times. Tour guides will be dressed in authentic clothing and are very knowledgeable.

Students played "Brain Quest" or "Colonial Trivia" game to assess ability to recall facts from the trip. Sample questions: When was the Von Steuben house built? What were the bricks made of? What river flows past the house? Etc. Class discussion about observations made during the trip.


Lesson 8 Quilt

Objective: Students will create a quilt using 8" x 8" squares. Students will do this to understand the skill and primitive ways of the 18th century lifestyles.

Activity: Students will cut patriotic fabric into 2- 8" squares, they will then use a hem or base stitch to sew the squares together. The squares will then be stuffed with batting. Next, the students will cut 2 - 8" squares out of solid fabric. They will then embroider their names onto the fabric, and use the squares to create another stuffed square for the quilt. Students will then assemble the squares into a pattern and sew the pieces together to create a quilt. This will be a remembrance of the project on colonial life.

Reflections of their experience will then be written in essay form, answering the following questions. (sample) Was this project difficult? Would you like to do this project again? What do you think sewing was like during colonial times? What did you learn from this project? Etc.




Project Created by Karen Ver Hage & Heidi Zito
Roosevelt School #7
Garfield, New Jersey

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