5th Grade Social Studies Unit 5

Vermilion Parish Schools "Connecting Students, Home and Schools"

Activity 2: Founding of the Thirteen Original Colonies (GLEs: 10, 38)

Materials List:  Word Grid BLM, Organization and Structure of the 13 Colonies BLM, chart or bulletin board paper (optional)

Using a word grid (view literacy strategy descriptions) will help students learn important concepts about the original thirteen colonies. Students will work in pairs or groups to fill in their word grids as they collect information about the colonies, and why they were founded. What was the reason for their founding—political, religious, and/or economic? The following is a sample of the Word Grid BLM that can be used (see BLM and sample below):

Colony

Political

Religious

Economic

Virginia

 

 

 

New York

 

 

 

Massachusetts

 

 

 

Students should place a “+” in the column(s) for the correct reason the colony was founded and place a “–” in the column(s) that would be incorrect reasons. Once the word grid is completed, lead a class discussion about the similarities and differences between the colonies. Students should easily see the similarities and differences. If students need more time for review, allow them to pair up and quiz each other over the content in the grid.

After students know why the colonies were founded, they can facilitate the use of the textbook and other reliable textual resources as needed that will provide resource information on the political, social, and economic organization and structure of each colony. Have students work in pairs to generate this information, one colony per pair.  Using student-generated data, chart the information on a classroom wall, and/or pass out student guides to record student information in a graphic organizer (view literacy strategy descriptions), such as the following sample of the Organization and Structure of the 13 Colonies BLM (see BLM and sample below):

Colony

Founder of Colony

 Political

Social

Economic

Virginia

 

 

 

 

New York

 

 

 

 

Massachusetts

 

 

 

 

Graphic organizers help the students comprehend text and solve problems. After completion of the wall chart or student graphic organizer, examine the location of each colony and settlement. Discuss and describe what influenced the location of the physical setting of each colony. Were these locations wise choices? Why or why not?      

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