For the past few weeks, we have studying how the American colonies were established. This study began with an activity simulating creating a colony. Students had to plan and budget for supplies and people for the journey. Next we looked at 3 early settlements: Roanoke, Jamestown and Plymouth to decide what a colony needed to succeed in North America. Examining how slavery began in West Africa was our focus this week. To round out our study of the colonies before we go on Winter Break, the students will be participating in activities that were common in daily lives of colonists. They will be creating a colonial toy, learning a formal dance for social gatherings, interpreting etiquette rules, and playing a common colonial game among other activities.
Because this is a lengthy unit of study, I have chosen to give the students more frequent quizzes rather than a long end of unit assessment.
Hello Bell School! My educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Saint Mary's College in Indiana, a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and National Board Certification as a Middle Childhood Generalist. My love for social studies was instilled in me by my dad who loves to talk about history. My parents always included historical sites on our family vacations.