The Founding of the 13 Original Colonies WebQuest

By: Teri Beckner & Kristen Robertson

Modified by Janette Henry Dec. 2003


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, and religious factors.

After analyzing your findings, your team will create a Venn Diagram 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:

The Process

                American History Timeline

6.  Additional Information

    The 13 Colonies        Children in Colonial Times    Room 20's Colonial Page    Slavery in New England

    Diversity                   Colonial Schooling                Life in Colonial Times     The English Colonies

Educational Resources


Women of the Thirteen Colonies

Black History in the Colonies

African-American Experience

Fun Stuff to Do

Word Search

Clip Art for Power Point

Acclaim Clip Art        13 Colonies Clip Art 2

13 Colonies Clip Art    50 States Flags



Your team will be given two grades for this project. One grade will be an individual grade and the second will be a grade for the group. The following rubrics will used for assessment.


You will have a better understanding of how the 13 original colonies were founder after completing this WebQuest. You will have learned about the three regions, religion, slavery and how to work collaboratively as a team.