The Topic: 
Colonial Life


Easier - A colony is a group of people who leave their country to settle in a new land. Colonial life involves the everyday work and play of these settlers. In North America, the Colonial period was between the early 1500s and late 1700s. 
 
Harder - In the 1500s and 1600s, Spanish, French, Dutch, Swedish, and British were all establishing colonies in North America. Many people came to the colonies for land, work, or religious freedom. Others came as convicts, indentured servants, or slaves. When the colonists arrived, they found Native Americans already living in the area. The combination of various European, African, and Native American people created a diverse and sometimes volatile cultural mix. The Colonial period ended with the start of the Revolutionary War which was fought to gain independence from the British.
 
 
Archiving Early America 
http://earlyamerica.com/
This site houses primary source material from 18th Century America; original newspapers, maps and writings just as they appeared to our forebears more than 200 years ago.
 
Colonial America at the Hargrett Library Rare Map Collection, University of Georgia 
http://scarlett.libs.uga.edu/darchive/hargrett/maps/colamer.html
Here you have maps showing some of the first colonies and divisions.
 
Colonial America 1600-1775
http://falcon.jmu.edu/~ramseyil/colonial.htm
This is a K-12 Resource links.
Other Links-Sites on Colonial Life:
2) Colonial America http://pw1.netcom.com/~wandaron/col.html#eng
3) Colonial America at History Online http://www.jacksonesd.k12.or.us/k12projects/jimperry/colony.html
4) Colonization from KidInfo http://www.kidinfo.com/American_History/Colonization_Colonial_Life.html
 
Colonial Williamsburg 
http://www.history.org/
Visit the restored 18th-century capital of Virginia.
Not To Be Missed Sections:
2) Historical Almanack http://www.history.org/almanack/almanack.htm
3) Experience Colonial Life http://www.history.org/almanack/life/life.htm
 
After exploring several of the websites, complete some of the following activities or projects:
 
Be a History Detective. Go to Colonial Family and Community (Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village) and travel back in time to investigate the daily lives of the Daggetts. Collect clues to uncover the answers to questions about colonial life in the 1700s. Then prove your skills as a history detective. 
 
Be a Newpaper Reporter. Read a Colonial newspaper. Compare newspapers from early America with today's newspapers. What kinds of articles do you find? What about photos and advertisements? Create your own Colonial newspaper. Read some student newsletter projects for examples.
 
Follow a Colonist. What was daily life like for the Colonists? Read articles on daily life, school, colonial life, and life in Lexington. Use The Old Timer Page to find out about how times have changed. Write about the day of a person your age. Compare your day with their day.
 
Be a Fashion Designer. What did the Colonial people wear? Explore the clothing and Clothing in Williamsburg web pages. Use butcher block paper to create paper clothes. Or, draw some clothing using KidPix. 
 
The Firsts. Read one of the Firsts Documents. Why do you think this document was important in our history? Is this event still important today? Why or why not?
 
Create a Family. Explore the Colonial portraits, and notable Colonial women. Learn more about one of these people. Copy and picture and write about what this person's life might have been like. Look at the fourth grade stamp project. Create your own Colonial stamps.
 
Be a Map Maker. Look at Colonial maps and Georgia's Rare Map Collection. Compare the Colonial map to today's map. How is it alike and different?
 
Pick a Career. Explore the careers of Colonial life. Most people had a trade such as a blacksmith, baker, or candlemaker. Explore the Colonial trades. Which trade would you choose? Why? Create a poster advertising a job for your trade.
 
Build a Town. Learn about one of the early Colonial towns such as Roanoke, Williamsburg, Jamestown, or Yorktown. Create the village in your classroom. Read a fifth grade project for ideas.
 
Explore A Life. What was Colonial life like for people of different races, cultures, and religions? Read about the African American and Native American experiences. Read about religion in early America.
 
Complete a Colonial Life WebQuest. Adapt or follow the procedures found at one or more of the following WebQuest site: 
1) Life in Colonial Times http://www.davidson.k12.nc.us/webquests/colonial/colonial.htm
2) Children in Colonial America http://www.macomb.k12.mi.us/wq/WebQ97/COLAMER2.HTM
3) Colonial Gazette by Lisa Bird (Grades 5-8) http://www.loelem.santacruz.k12.ca.us/classrooms/library/webquest.htm
4) Colonial Times (4th grade) by Carol Carroll http://www.oswego.org/staff/ccarroll/webquests/colonial/
5) ColonialQuest http://eagle.edcoe.k12.ca.us/etweb/webquest/Colonies/colonywq.html
6) Colonial Williamsburg http://www.spa3.k12.sc.us/WebQuests/Colonial%20Williamsburg/index.html
7) Life in a Colonial Village (Grade 5) by Mary Beth Kiser http://www.edina.k12.mn.us/concord/classes/5/kiser/cvwbqust/webquest.html
8) Royal Charter From the King (Grade 5) http://www.itdc.sbcss.k12.ca.us/curriculum/charter.html
9) Welcome to the New World http://www.crpc.rice.edu/CRPC/GT/jamerson/Colony/
10) Williamsburg Gazette by Sallie Kate Angus, Jennie Buechner, Meghan Carroll, and Sarah Keenan (Grade 5) http://www.people.virginia.edu/~jlb4p/Webquest/studentpage.html
 
Websites By Kids For Kids
Colonial Kids: A Celebration of Life in Southeastern Pennsylvania in the 1700's
(Award-winning 2000 ThinkQuest Junior Project) 
http://library.thinkquest.org/J002611F/
Life as a colonist is uniquely presented through the eyes of children who lived during this period of American history. Their daily routines, schooling, home life, and recreation are brought to life with stories and facts as told by the children who would have experienced them.
 
Colonial Stamp Project (Germantown Academy, Grade 4) 
http://www.ga.k12.pa.us/academics/LS/4/sstudies/Colonial/SThomepg.htm
This site contains student reports on the people, places, and events in Colonial America.
 
Colonial Webpage (Grade 5, Cadwallader School, San Jose, California) 
http://www.esd.k12.ca.us/Cadwallader/Room%2020/Colonies/Main.html
This website has information on the three groups of colonies: the New England Colonies, the Middle Colonies, and the Southern Colonies.
 
Early American Newsletters (Grade 7, Pocantico Hills School, Sleepy Hollow, New York) 
http://www2.lhric.org/pocantico/earlyam/earlyam.htm
Here you can read newsletters written by students studying early American history.
 
Lost Colony in Roanoke: A Mystery in History (ThinkQuest Junior Project) 
http://tqjunior.thinkquest.org/3826/intro.html
Learn about the mystery behind the disappearance of this first English settlement in the New World in 1587.
 
Puritans by Nate 
http://www.ga.k12.pa.us/academics/LS/4/sstudies/Colonial/4K/4k98/4knkm.htm
At this site, you can read a student report on this religious group.
 
More Colonial Life Websites
Colonial America (Grade 5) 
http://www.mcps.k12.md.us/schools/travilahes/colonialframe.html
Learn more about life in colonial America by joining a school visit to reconstructed historical sites in Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown, Virginia.
 
Colonial Life 
http://hastings.ci.lexington.ma.us/Colonial/Life/Life.html
What did people wear? What did they eat? Find out more about life in the Colonies.
 
Colonial Life in Virginia 
http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Acres/7647/colonial.htm
This website summarizes the reasons for European immigration to the New World, events in 17th century Virginia, and the three-tiered class system.
 
Colonial Period at An Outline of American History (United States Information Agency) 
http://www.usemb.se/usis/history/chapter2.html
Learn about the education, government, and history of the American colonial era.
 
Contact: Europe and America Meet, 1492-1620 
http://ericir.syr.edu/Virtual/Lessons/crossroads/sec2/essay02.html
This essay examines why Europeans colonized the Americas.
 
Cycles of U.S. History - Colonial Cycle (Advanced Level) 
http://www.seanet.com/Users/pamur/colo.html
This site contains timelines, historical information, maps, and links to numerous sites on colonial history and topics.
 
Diversity and Phyllis Wheatley at Liberty: Chronicle of a Revolution 
http://www.pbs.org/ktca/liberty/chronicle/diversity-phyllisw.html
This site has a description of the different people and religions found in the colonies.
Related Section at Liberty: Chronicle of a Revolution:
2) Daily Life in the Colonies http://www.pbs.org/ktca/liberty/perspectives/dailylife.html
Another Related Website:
3) Chronicling Black Lives in Colonial New England from the Christian Science Monitor http://www.csmonitor.com/durable/1997/10/29/feat/feat.1.html
 
Early America at Outline of American History 
http://odur.let.rug.nl/~usa/H/1994/chap1.htm
This site includes descriptions of early American life and colonial times.
Related Section at Outline of American History:
2) Colonial Period http://odur.let.rug.nl/~usa/H/1994/chap2.htm
 
Early Colonial Era: Beginnings to 1700 at The History Place 
http://www.historyplace.com/unitedstates/revolution/rev-early.htm
This is the site of a timeline of events in colonial America.
Related Timeline Websites:
2) English Colonial Era :700 to 1763 http://www.historyplace.com/unitedstates/revolution/rev-col.htm
 
Schooling, Education, and Literacy, In Colonial America 
http://alumni.cc.gettysburg.edu/~s330558/schooling.html
Here you find information about education in the Colonies.
 
Websites For Teachers
American Life: A Comparison of Colonial Life to Todayís Life by Phyllis Grenet (Grade 1) 
http://www.yale.edu/ynhti/curriculum/units/1990/5/90.05.04.x.html
This plan focuses on school, clothing, games and toys, cooking, furniture and homes in colonial Connecticut.
 
Colonial America Thematic Unit (Grade 4-5) by Karen Sutton 
http://falcon.jmu.edu/~ramseyil/colunit.htm
The unit can span the entire curriculum culminating in a "Colonial Days" fair to showcase the students' knowledge of everyday colonial life through games, food, arts & crafts, costume, skits, etc.
 
Colonial America: 1600-1776 (Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Newsletter) 
http://www.carolhurst.com/newsletters/newsletters11f.html
This site lists possible discussions, activities and works of literary merit for study of colonial life.
 
Colonial Living: A Look at the Arts, Crafts, History, and Literature of Early Americans by Kelley O'Rourke 
http://130.132.143.21/ynhti/curriculum/units/1992/4/92.04.02.x.html
This curriculum plan combines literature and social studies and involves making 'johnny cake' and dying fabric.
 
Life in Early America (Grade 3) by Kimberly Cox Burkett and Brenda Morton 
http://www.libsci.sc.edu/miller/Colony.htm
In this thematic collaborative unit, students will explore the people, places, and events of life in the early settlements and colonies of the United States of America.
 
 
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apprentice
craftsman
hornbook
weave
wash tub
threshed grain
tavern
Mayflower Compact 1620
shear
flax
pioneer life
farming
Dutch oven
anvil
soapmaking
Great Britain
grain
New England Colonies
Middle Colonies
Southern Colonies
Salem witch trials
tobacco
livestock
Revolutionary War
Pilgrim
Pequot War
St. Augustine
Native American
Williamsburg
crafts
Jamestown
apothecary
13 Colonies
rice
hogshead
Roanoke
French & Indian War
historical maps
France
Plymouth
Spain
Plimoth Plantation
Puritan
Thanksgiving
Mayflower
indentured servant
Revolutionary War
 
 
Created by Annette Lamb and Larry Johnson, 1/99, Update by Nancy Smith, 12/01.