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4 - 6 Grade Field Trip to The Fort at No. 4 - Jobs in the Colonial Period

In this pre-visit lesson for grades 4-6, students:

  • Prepare for a visit to Fort at No. 4 by learning about 18th century occupations
  • Compare and contrast jobs today with those of the colonial period
  • Develop their reading comprehension ability
  • Practice small group discussion skills

7 - 8 Grade Field Trip to The Fort at No. 4 - Fort History

In this pre visit lesson for grades 7-8, students:

  • Prepare for a visit to Fort at No. 4 by learning key events and people in its history
  • Learn how the history of Fort at No. 4 connects to larger issues in United States History
  • Develop reading comprehension skills
  • Practice their small group skills such as collaboration, listening and eye contact

Colonial Hornbooks

In this hands-on project, students:

  • Create their own hornbook to be displayed in the classroom
  • Learn about schooling in colonial New England
  • Discover the truisms of Benjamin Franklin
  • Think creatively and interpret Benjamin Franklin’s sayings

Connecting to Colonial Music

In this interdisciplinary lesson, students:

  • Develop music appreciation, especially as a way to understanding history
  • Listen to lyrics and build their analytical skills
  • Learn about the culture of pre-Revolutionary America
  • Explain how the song Yankee Doodle Dandy reveals the growing division between the colonists and British

The Power of Journals: Going Beyond the Text

In this captivating lesson, students:

  • Experience life in colonial times through a captivity narrative of the 18th century
  • Encounter a challenging reading selection and list of vocabulary and historical terms
  • Develop their reading comprehension ability
  • Write their own journal to learn more about themselves and connect to the past

Creating a Colonial Newspaper

In this cross-curricular project, students:

  • Design and construct the front page of a colonial newspaper
  • Research historical content for articles
  • Interpret and incorporate primary source documents
  • Hand draw a map of the colonial region
  • Engage in discovering and creatively displaying historical knowledge

Geography: To and From Canada

In this active learning lesson, students:

  • Learn key locations & physical features of the colonial New England Region
  • Understand how geography influences life
  • Build their mapping skills
  • Read and interpret a personal account from 1749
  • Gain a deeper understanding of life in colonial times

Creative Content Through Comics: Learning about the French & Indian War

In this creative lesson, students:

  • Portray the key people and events of the French and Indian war through a comic strip format
  • Research and discover the significant historical information of the era
  • Learn about cartooning as a medium, especially through one professional’s approach
  • Think creatively to teach their piece of the French and Indian War time line

Powder Horns: Portals to the Past

In this hands-on project, students:

  • Learn how powder horns were used
  • Interpret colonial life through carvings on actual horns
  • Cut out and design their own 18th century powder horn for display in the classroom
  • Develop their language arts skills
  • Create their own image and poem for their powder horn replica

Learn to Speak Abenaki

In this imaginative lesson, students:

  • Role play an exchange between Abenaki Indians and English colonists
  • Communicate using verbal and nonverbal techniques
  • Learn some Abenaki vocabulary
  • Think creatively and imaginatively

Abenaki Indians: A Jigsaw Activity

In this cooperative learning lesson, students:

  • Learn about the history, economy, and culture of the Abenaki
  • Develop their research skills
  • Teach their peers
  • Practice their small group skills such as listening and eye contact

Myth, Legend and Folklore

In this engaging lesson, students:

  • Listen to a Native American myth
  • Learn about myths, legends and folktales
  • Write their own myth, legend or folktale
  • Hear stories from their peers

Tools of the Historian: Frame of Reference

In this activity students:

  • Learn about frame of reference and how it is shaped
  • Discover their own point of view
  • Apply their understanding to the colonial period

Tools of the Historian: Primary vs. Secondary Sources

In this activity students:

  • Learn the difference between a primary and secondary source
  • Play the game “telephone” to learn how information changes
  • Learn about primary sources and how to analyze them
  • Apply their knowledge to historical sources related to the colonial period

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