I love Colonial History and, after this unit, I think my children do, too. We covered everything from the first colonies of Roanoke, Jamestown and Plymouth to the settlement of all 13 original colonies to life in colonial times. Thanks to our “spine” books, the unit was packed full of great notebooking/lapbooking activities and tons of hands on experiences.
Mahayla’s assigned reading for the unit turned into the TWO books below. I only asked her to complete a “report” on one. I gave her a book called Better Than Book Reports: More Than 40 Creative Responses to Literature which gave her many ideas for fun book reports (mobiles, dioramas, timelines, etc.) She chose to write a book report and give an oral presentation.
Jamestown Online is a fun game that allows you to make decisions like the original settlers would’ve had to make. In the end (it only takes a few minutes), you see how well your colony survived based on your choices. My kids loved it!
Colonial Williamsburg Kids Zone has all sorts of historical online games that also reinforces academic skills. They are short, sweet and fun!
PBS’s Colonial House site has several fun interactive games and quizzes. Would you have survived the colony?
Quia has a fun colonial quiz.
This Salem Witch Trial Site has a neat video about the trials.
I’ll be sharing a few of our favorite projects from this unit in other posts later this week. Right now, we’re off to the Revolutionary War!
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