The Thirteen Colonies

A Webquest

Adapted from colonial webquests by

Teri Beckner and Kristen Robertson, and Grace A. Bunya

For David Christensens Fifth Grade Class

Introduction

Your expertise is needed immediately! We need three historians to report on the 13 original colonies. The information you provide will be used to teach others about colonial times. Through researching the colonization of America, you will discover the similarities and differences of the Southern, Middle and New England Colonies. For each region you will uncover the hardships that the settlers faced while creating a new life that was accepting of everyone. You will discover the challenges they faced territorial, differences and similarities, religious factors, and slavery issues.

After analyzing your findings, your team will create a multimedia presentation and a timeline to illustrate the colonization period.

  The Task

The task is to identify and make discoveries of the 13 original colonies. You will uncover this information through research. Your final report will include:

  • Identification of the 13 original colonies
  • Founders of each colony and the year it was founded
  • Descriptions of why colonies were founded
  • Key founding fathers
  • Geographical characteristics of each colony
  • Role of religious development
  • Attitude toward slavery
  • Economic conditions (What was the main way to make a living?)
  • Multimedia presentation
  • A timeline of the regions

 

 

The Process

1.      The three experts on your team will be divided into three regions. Each person must choose a region.

  1. Each expert must print out their Information Sheet for their region.

The Southern Colonies

The Middle Colonies

The New England Colonies

  1. Using the information sheet answer the questions below for your area of expertise.

List the colonies in your region, date colony was founded, and explain who founded the colony.

Colonies

13 Colonies

Founding the American Colonies

http://www.wintektx.com/freeman/13colonies.htm

Map

http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/graphics/13mapnew.htm

Characteristics

http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/articles/ushistory/13colonies2.htm

Charter and documents

http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/states/statech.htm

Founding the American Colonies

http://www.timepage.org/spl/13colony.html

Colonial Timeline

http://www.americaslibrary.gov/cgi-bin/page.cgi/jb/colonial/

Description of why these colonies were founded.

American Colonies

http://www.east-buc.k12.ia.us/00_01/CA/home.htm

List three geographical characteristics of each colony.

Southern Colonies

General

http://www.kidinfo.com/American_History/Colonization_S_Colonies.html

South Colonies Chart

http://americanhistory.about.com/library/charts/blcolonial13.htm

Geography and Natural Resources

http://www.fcps.k12.va.us/OakViewES/harris/97-98/america/colonization/colonies-so/geography.html

http://www2.una.edu/geography/institute/teachers_webs/ang_pat/southern.html

Food

http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/articles/ushistory/13coloniesfood.htm

http://www.scarborough.k12.me.us/wis/teachers/dtewhey/webquest/colonial/food.htm

Middle Colonies

General

http://www.kidinfo.com/American_History/Colonization_Mid_Colonies.html

Middle Colonies Chart

http://americanhistory.about.com/library/charts/blcolonial13.htm

Middle Colonies - Geography and Natural Resources

http://www.fcps.k12.va.us/OakViewES/harris/97-98/america/colonization/colonies-middle/geography.html

http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/articles/ushistory/13coloniesfarm.htm

http://www2.una.edu/geography/institute/teachers_webs/ang_pat/middle.html

Food

http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/articles/ushistory/13coloniesfood.htm

http://www.scarborough.k12.me.us/wis/teachers/dtewhey/webquest/colonial/food.htm

New England Colonies

General

http://www.kidinfo.com/American_History/Colonization_NE_Colonies.html

New England Colonies - Chart

http://americanhistory.about.com/library/charts/blcolonial13.htm

New England - Geography and Natural Resources

http://www.fcps.k12.va.us/OakViewES/harris/97-98/america/colonization/colonies-ne/geography.html

http://www2.una.edu/geography/institute/teachers_webs/ang_pat/newengland.html

Food

http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/articles/ushistory/13coloniesfood.htm

http://www.scarborough.k12.me.us/wis/teachers/dtewhey/webquest/colonial/food.htm

What role did religion play in the development of your region?

Virtual Religion Index

http://www.history.org/Almanack/life/religion/religionrev.cfm

http://www.history.org/Almanack/life/religion/religionhdr.cfm

http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/articles/ushistory/13colonieschurch.htm

Describe slavery in your region or the attitude towards slavery.

Slavery

http://www.history.org/Almanack/people/african/aaintro.cfm/

http://www.history.org/Almanack/people/african/aahdr.cfm

http://home.earthlink.net/~gfeldmeth/slave.html

 

Once the Information Sheet has been completed, all 3 experts will come together to share findings. Each team member needs to share his information with the other members. After discussing the information, determine the similarities and difference discovered between the regions. Create a multimedia presentation using PowerPoint. Your discoveries must include a minimum of 10 slides ranging for a duration of 3-5 minutes. The presentation MUST be a collaborative effort.

Use the topics below as a guide for each of your slides:

     Title Page

     Introduction (description of why these colonies were founded who settled there and why)

     List the colonies in your region, date colony was founded, and explain who founded the colony.

     Geographic Characteristics (colonies, cities, rivers, etc.  Include a map)

     Key founding fathers (why notable)

     Daily life (Roles of men, women and children, food, shelter, songs, games etc.)

     Role religion played in the development of your region

     Economic conditions (trades & farming & manufacturing)

     Attitudes toward slavery

     Credits including URLs of informational sites, image sites, and textbook references

4. Develop a pictorial timeline for Colonial America. Work together as a group to complete the timeline.

Construct a pictorial timeline for the colonization of the colonies. Upon completion of your timeline, hang it in the hall to share your discoveries.

Other Sources of Information

 

http://members.aol.com/TeacherNet/Colonial.html

http://www.benjaminschool.com/lower/hagy1/thirteen_colonies.htm

Basic Information

http://www.people.memphis.edu/~kenichls/13Colonies.htm

Education

http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/articles/ushistory/13coloniesschool.htm

African American Experience

http://www.history.org/Almanack/life/Af_Amer/aalife.cfm

Women

http://pblmm.k12.ca.us/projects/discrimination/Women/special/coloniala.html

http://www.webconnections.com/MES5th/ColonialWomen_B4.htm

Colonial Life

http://www.history.org/Almanack/life/life.cfm

Colonial Occupations and Trades

http://www.apva.org/history/orig.html

http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~sam/occupation.html

http://www.history.org/Almanack/life/trades/tradehdr.cfm

Tons of sites

http://www.websterschools.org/classrooms/state_library/colonies.html

http://www.dasd-ew.org/history.htm

Biographies of Colonist

http://yahooligans.yahoo.com/Around_the_World/Countries/United_States/History/Colonial_Life__1585_1783_/Biographies/

Medicine

http://www.history.org/history/teaching/medicine.cfm

Diseases

http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~sam/disease.html

Other Resources

http://falcon.jmu.edu/~ramseyil/colonial.htm

Games

http://www.congressforkids.net/games/thirteencolonies/2_thirteencolonies.htm

 

 

Evaluation

Your team will be given two grades for this project. One grade will be an individual grade for the regional research as recorded in your notes. The notes must be approved as being complete and turned in on time.

The second will be a combined group grade for the PowerPoint and timeline. A rubric follows on the next page identifying the evaluation criteria.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Group PowerPoint/Timeline Presentation Rubric

Southern Expert _____________________
Middle Expert _____________________
New England Expert _____________________

 

Beginning

Developing

Accomplished

Exemplary

Score

 

1 point

2 points

3 points

4 points

 

ORAL

PRESENTATION

One main speaker; little participation from other group members

Most group members participate

All group members have significant participation

Well-balanced participation by all group members

 

 

Minimal background pertaining to group point-of-view presented

Some background given but significant pieces missing

Background adequate but lacks flow

In-depth background information

 

 

No recommendation, or no evidence given

No consensus among group members, or no explanation given for group recommendation

Recommendation given, but not fully supported by evidence

Recommendation given, evidence well-chosen, explanation thorough

 

 

No consideration of another point-of-view

Response shows lack of understanding

Adequate response given

Response to another point-of-view shows insight

 

Timeline

Inaccurate information given

Most information accurate

Information accurate

Accurate, in-depth information enhances presentation

 

 

Very weak visual component

Some pictures or diagrams, but poorly planned

Adequate visuals, but not very interesting

Visually attractive, i.e. includes colorful pictures or diagrams, uses space well

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL