Articles, interactive activities, booktalks, and more to help students understand Colonial life and times.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
Interactive Whiteboard Activities
Early readers learn what life was like for the Pilgrims with this brief reading activity that features text, audio, and photos.
Discover the answer to one of the most puzzling and intriguing mysteries in American history.
In this second installment, Lizzie continues to record her struggles as a settler in Jamestown.
Nine-year-old Hope is a cook, a gardener, a housekeeper, a schoolgirl, and one of the very first people to hear the Declaration of Independence read aloud in July, 1776.
Students explore the customs of 17th century Pilgrims and Wampanoag people with these four learning activities.
Use this book summary, student activities, and discussion questions when reading the book by Patricia Hermes.
Lead a class discussion on this book by Patricia Hermes from the My America series.
Lead a class discussion on this new installment from the My America series, where young Elizabeth and the other Jamestown settlers begin to work together.
The American Revolution comes to life in this story from the Dear America historical fiction series. Here, questions and activities to help you discuss the book with your class.
The witch trials of Salem, Massachusetts come to life in this story from the Dear America historical fiction series. Here, a book summary, activities, and questions to discuss while reading the book.
Begin a class discussion of the book by Ann Rinaldi, which tells the story of a young orphan's journey on the Mayflower to a new land, where he forms a powerful friendship with the feared Nauset tribe.
A discussion guide to We Are Patriots: Hope's Revolutionary War Diary, Book Two, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania 1777 by Kristiana Gregory in the My America series
When reading this book about the frightening Salem witch trials, engage students with these activities and talking points.
When I Was Built is a great title for comparing and contrasting colonial times with the present. Students enjoy making connections to their own lives, while learning about the past.
Engage students in a discussion about this story by Kristiana Gregory, part of the My America historical fiction series.
Engage students on the story of young Mary, who was captured by Native Americans but learned to love them and refused to leave when English soldiers rescued her.
Teacher created book list includes tips for classroom use.
Three activities for continuing the learning on Colonial America.
History of the Colonial Period
Background historical information on the pilgrims and the colonial period of America, as well as interviews with experts and writers
Grolier Online shares an overview of the English pilgrims, including their founding of the Plymouth Colony, their beliefs, and their journey.
A brief summary of the first permanent Puritan settlement in America
An overview of the first permanent European settlement in New England, from Grolier Online
Material that will help students research, critique, and apply the work of America's first president.
The challenges that colonists faced and the values they held as they settled on unfamiliar land
An article from Grolier Online about the history of English and American Puritanism
The author answers questions about his book from the My Name is America historical fiction series.
Author Ann Turner discusses her book on the American Revolution, part of the Dear America historical fiction series.
Lisa Rowe Fraustino was interviewed about I Walk in Dread: The Diary of Deliverance Trembly, Witness to the Salem Witch Trials Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1691 in the Dear America historical fiction series.
Author Ann Rinaldi discusses her story of a teenaged Pilgrim boy, part of the My Name Is America historical fiction series.