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Beyond Jamestown: Virginia Indians Yesterday and Today Teacher Guide

This teacher guide explores Virginia Indian history from the Indian perspective and shows that Virginia Indian cultures are vibrant and thriving. Activities include pottery making, corn husk dolls and three sister gardening.

Subject(s): Art, Language Arts, Social Studies
Type(s): Curriculum Guide
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Virginia
Keywords: John Smith and colonial times, Native American

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We Have a Story to Tell Teaching Guide -- The Native Peoples of the Chesapeake Region

This teaching guide is intended for use with students in grades 9-12. The guide identifies Native American ways of life before, during and after contact with Europeans. It focuses especially on how Powhatan, Nanticoke, and Piscataway peoples responded to the upheavals that began with the colonial period and includes activities that focus on critical contemporary issues that affect Native communities in the region.

Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies
Type(s): Curriculum Guide
Level(s): High School
Keywords: John Smith and colonial times, Native American

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Captain John Smith 400 Project: Curriculum Guide

In conjunction with the Maryland State Department of Education and the Maryland Geographic Alliance, the Sultana Project has developed a curriculum unit based around the history of John Smith's 1608 voyage and the world of the early 17th century Chesapeake. The Captain John Smith Curriculum Unit consists of eight separate lesson plans designed for 4th and 5th grade students. The unit is aligned with goals and outcomes from the Maryland State Department of Education's voluntary state curriculum.

Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
Type(s): Curriculum Guide
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Maryland
Keywords: population growth, land use, development, ecosystem and biomes, forest, John Smith and colonial times, Native American, renewable resource, water quality, wildlife

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Colonial History Unit - Sea of Change

Sultana's Colonial History classroom unit, entitled "Sea of Change: Sultana, the Tea Taxes and the Dawn of the American Revolution," is targeted towards 4-6th grade students. The unit examines the world of pre-revolutionary America through the lens of the 1768 British Royal Navy tax collecting schooner Sultana.

Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies
Type(s): Curriculum Guide
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School
Keywords: boats, canoes and kayaks, land use, culture and watermen, John Smith and colonial times, Native American

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Captain John Smith's Shallop Curriculum Guide

This curriculum guide contains lessons that teach students about Captain John Smith's Shallop. Students will learn the part of a shallop, give examples of how shallops were used by the colonists and compare Captain John Smith's shallop to an Indian dugout canoe. This resource contains four teacher transparencies and four student handouts.

Subject(s): Language Arts, Science
Type(s): Curriculum Guide, Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Middle School
Keywords: culture and watermen, John Smith and colonial times, Native American

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