Life in Colonial America


Social Studies American History Colonial America Life in Colonial America
Students brainstorm different ways people can earn a living. Then they compare how the colonists in New England, the Middle Colonies, and the Southern Colonies earned a living. Next they study a population density map from 1775 and explain how geography influences settlement patterns. Finally, they research different areas of colonial life.

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Overview

In this experience, students brainstorm different ways people can earn a living. Then they compare how the colonists in New England, the Middle Colonies, and the Southern Colonies earned a living. Next they study a population density map from 1775 and explain how geography influences settlement patterns. Finally, they research different areas of colonial life.

Students will collaborate in small groups for scene 3 and scene 4. In scene 4, each group will prepare a report about a different area of colonial life. It is recommended that you set up at least six groups to cover these general areas: family life, community life and education, religion, arts, housing, and clothing. If you have access to leveled readers that describe colonial life, you may incorporate them into the students’ research.

Estimated duration: 40-60 minutes, or several days, depending how much time you want to give students to research and present their reports

Vocabulary words:

  • subsistence farming
  • cottage industry
  • urban
  • rural
  • fertile
  • indigo

Objectives

  • Explain how the colonists earned a living.
  • Describe another aspect of colonial life.


Engage


Whether colonists came to the Americas for economic reasons or for religious freedom, they needed to find a way to feed and house their families. In this experience, you will learn how they earned a living. Then you will research another area to learn more about life in colonial America.

Objectives

  • Explain how the colonists earned a living.
  • Describe another aspect of colonial life.


a colonist is working with red-hot glass in a colonial-style workshop

Reenactment of a glassmaker at colonial Jamestown


In a word or two, post a way that someone can earn a living.

Post your answer

Students may draw on their personal experience or on their historical knowledge when posting ways of earning a living.


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