Lesson Plan:  Planting the English Colonies


Objectives: The students will

I.  describe the geographical characteristics of the English Colonies.

II.  identify reasons for colonization by the English and list the colonies that were formed.

Warm Up Activity (Anticipatory Set):  Identifying Colonial Features

A) Display a chart with these divisions:

Chart: Identifying Characteristics of the English Colonies

Colony Characteristics: 
Soil and Crops
New England



Middle Colonies



Southern Colonies




B) Have students brainstorm possible responses. Students should turn to pp. 146-153 of their text to evaluate brainstormed responses and place them in the correct area.

Main Activity (Instructional Input): Team Review of Chapter 5: Planting the English Colonies

A) Form teams of Four People. Each student should be assigned a number: 1, 2, 3 or 4.

 Team Roles:

1: Gets team quiet and ready to learn.
2: Announces the question to the class and time limit.

3: Calls a number -- 1, 2, 3, or 4 and chooses a person to answer.

4: Evaluates the answer for the group and when responding to questions. S/he also provides needed information.

B) Each team receives a topic:

Economic Revolution
Religious Conflict
Virginia The First Colony
Changes in Virginia
Conflict Between Colonists and Indians
Plymouth Colony

C) Develop 2 or 3 questions for the class from the section you were assigned (2 for shorter sections, 3 for longer). The answer to your questions must be in the text. Students must be able to find the answer to your questions.

 D) After the question is announced, groups “put heads together” and arrive at an answer. A number is called. All people with the number called must be able to answer the question.

Guided Practice: Chart on Founding the Colonies

A) Display the overhead entitled Founding the Colonies

B) Have students write information in their notes. 

Wrap-Up Activity (Closure): Map of Colonies

A) Distribute map entitled Original 13 Colonies

B) Have students use pp. 135 

Homework (Independent Practice): Any Colonies Out There?

A) Have students research any nation they can find that is still a colony of some other nation.

B) Make a list of present day colonies. Discuss why colonialism still exists today.

Evaluation: The lesson will be evaluated by:

I. the accuracy of student's written responses;

II. student's scores on future tests and quizzes.

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