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Life in the American Colonial Times: 13 Colonies Activities & Colonial Jobs

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Take a step back to Colonial America with these 13 Colonies activities. Students will enjoy learning about life in 13 Colonies with this COMPLETE unit that includes leveled reading passages, organizers, map activities, unit test, a flipbook, hands-on activities, vocabulary posters, and so much more!

There are reading passages and activities for the three different regions. The passages focus on each region related to people, natural resources, climate, daily life, crops, houses, schooling, and economy.

  • New England Colonies
  • Mid-Atlantic Colonies
  • Southern Colonies

A DIGITAL version of this unit for Google Classroom is available.

What's Inside:

  • Life in New England
  • The Puritans
  • Life in Mid-Atlantic Colonies
  • The Quakers
  • Life in Southern Colonies
  • The Plantations
  • Technology: Shipbuilding & Plows

This unit also includes reading passages about 10 trades, craftsmen, and artisans:






✔Town Criers






✔Who am I Activity

After reading about each region, have students complete organizers, brochure activity, or close passage. There are maps and mystery flaps pages to round out all the activities. There are lots of differentiation activities depending on your student's needs and the time allotted for this unit.

The vocabulary posters with real-life photos make an attractive bulletin board.

✔Vocabulary Posters

✔Spotlight on Vocabulary Activity

✔Vocabulary Flip Flaps

✔Writing Apprentice Prompt

Standards Addressed:

Explain the factors that shaped British Colonial America.

a. Identify key reasons why the New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Southern colonies were founded (religious freedom and profit).

b. Compare and contrast colonial life in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Southern colonies (education, economy, and religion).

c. Describe colonial life in America of various people such as landowners, farmers, artisans, women, children, indentured servants, slaves, and Native Americans.

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