Interdependence: A Colonial Example
- Grades: 3–5
- Research a particular colonial trade and write a report based on their research.
- Present an oral report as though they were a craftsman, explaining their craft and what it was like to live in Colonial America.
- Understand that colonial settlers were dependent upon one another, their environment, and other peoples in the region.
- Students will be able to explain how we are also interdependent today.
Lesson Plans for this Unit
Culminating ActivityDuring the unit, our classroom becomes a small town and each student takes on the identity
of a colonist. The students apprentice themselves to various imaginary
master tradesmen and learn that trade. At the conclusion of this, the
students become journeymen by passing a test of their skills (by giving
a first-person oral presentation based on the research they have done).
They dress as their characters, make a sign for their new shops, and
share their experiences as apprentices in front of the entire "town."
Supporting BooksBooks for Teaching About Colonial Times