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Waterways

As a result of this lesson, students develop a map that identifies waterways that have been important in the transportation of goods and people in the United States. Students will use color to show how the use of waterways has changed over time, and will diagram the methods of water travel through history.

Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Elementary School
Keywords: boats, canoes and kayaks, culture and watermen, John Smith and colonial times, Native American, transportation

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What Is a Wood-and-Bark Shelter Lesson

Students learn about how the Powhatan people used wood and bark from nature to create a shelter that would protect them from the outside weather. They then participate in a group activity where they discuss how the American Indians traded corn with the settlers and helped the settlers plant corn for food.

Subject(s): Social Studies
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Elementary School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Virginia
Keywords: John Smith and colonial times, Native American

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History and Social Science Standards of Learning Enhanced Scope and Sequence: Virginia Studies

School divisions and teachers may use the Enhanced Scope and Sequence as a resource for developing sound curricular and instructional programs. These materials are intended as examples of how the knowledge and skills might be presented to students in a sequence of lessons that have been aligned with the Standards of Learning.

Subject(s): Social Studies
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
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Aligned with the following standard(s): Virginia
Keywords: John Smith and colonial times, Native American

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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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Riverworks Discovery: Wheel House Log Book

The Hudson, Delaware, Susquehanna, Potomac, and James Rivers are some of the most important in the Mid-Atlantic region. These historic rivers contribute to our nation’s economy, history, and culture. This information and activity packet provides content on watersheds, early exploration of the region, the history of water travel and trade, and more.

Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Elementary School
Keywords: boats, canoes and kayaks, development, air pollution and fossil fuels, culture and watermen, John Smith and colonial times, litter, trash and recycling, Native American, restoration, transportation

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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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On The Trail Of Captain John Smith

This National Geographic interactive allows your students to follow John Smith as he helps establish the Jamestown colony, explores the Chesapeake Bay, and meets local Indians in this new kids game.

Subject(s): Social Studies
Type(s): Multimedia
Level(s): Elementary School
Keywords: John Smith and colonial times

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Captain John Smith's Map of the Chesapeake Bay Lesson

Students will learn how to interpret a primary sources, John Smith's map and excerpts from Smith's journal. They will then identify places on a map that show John Smith's routes and identify map elements. Keywords: John Smith, history, map

Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Maryland
Keywords: land use, 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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Native Americans of the Chesapeake Bay Lesson: Using Primary and Secondary Sources

This is a great resource. Students will interpret primary and secondary sources to gather information about the American Indian tribes present in the Chesapeake Bay region in the 16th and 17th centuries. They will then identify basic elements in American Indian culture at point of first contact in the Chesapeake region such as clothing, agricultural practices, architecture, cooking techniques and diet.

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

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Captain John Smith's Map

Download a pdf of Captain John Smith's map of the Chesapeake Bay.

Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
Type(s): Posters and Maps
Level(s): High School
Keywords: culture and watermen, John Smith and colonial times, Native American

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Buildings: An Educational Module for Archaeology

Although the original structures at Jamestown are long gone, archaeologists examine many types of evidence to learn how they may have looked. Starting from a single post hole, can you recreate a building? You can apply for a grant to do some research, but your funds are limited! This online, interactive exercise is provided free to all students and educators.

Subject(s): Social Studies
Type(s): Multimedia
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School
Keywords: John Smith and colonial times, Native American

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Before the English Poster

This poster hows what Jamestowne was like before English settlement.

Subject(s): Social Studies
Type(s): Posters and Maps
Level(s): Middle School, High School
Keywords: John Smith and colonial times, Native American

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Artifacts: An Educational Module for Archaeology

Start with a careful virtual excavation of a unit from the historic Jamestowne archaeological site and see what you find. Once you have collected the artifacts, research and record them in the archaeology lab!

Subject(s): Social Studies
Type(s): Multimedia
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Keywords: John Smith and colonial times, Native American

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America in 1607: Jamestown and the Powhatan Interactive Website

Your students can explore the historic Jamestown fort and the Powhatan village of Werowocomoco through this interactive feature brought to you by National Geographic.

Subject(s): Social Studies
Type(s): Multimedia
Level(s): Middle School, High School
Keywords: John Smith and colonial times, Native American

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Adding it Up at James Fort Lesson

Jettons were tokens used by Jamestown's colonists for counting. This exercise challenges third and fourth grade students to understand and interpret the way the colonists used jettons. In this lesson, students will identify historic math strategies from the early James Fort period, use historic style counting sheets and artifacts to understand adding and calculations in early 17th century Jamestown, and apply critical thinking skills to organize and use information. Students will also calculate and record different sums based on historic counting methods and draw inferences and identify parallels with today’s numeric systems.

Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Elementary School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Virginia
Keywords: John Smith and colonial times

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Discover the Chesapeake

This portion of the Chesapeake Bay Program's website is one of the best Chesapeake Bay-related informational resources around. It features Bay 101 video clips, a Bay FAQ, a Bay glossary and provides information on the Bay ecosystem, history, and watershed. The website also includes one of the most comprehensive Field Guides to the Chesapeake Bay, completely available online!

Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
Type(s): Multimedia, Books and Publications
Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Keywords: watershed, blue crab, development, biodiversity, culture and watermen, ecosystem and biomes, habitat and niche, John Smith and colonial times, restoration, water quality, wildlife, fish

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A Changing Landscape Poster

This poster will show your students how Jamestown has changed over the years.

Subject(s): Social Studies
Type(s): Posters and Maps
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School
Keywords: land use, John Smith and colonial times

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Wetlands Reading List Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12

The Wetlands Reading List is an annotated list of printed material that will supplement lesson plans and provide students with suggestions for independent reading on wetlands. This is a great resource to help you find the wetlands book you are looking for!

Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
Type(s): Books and Publications
Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Keywords: pollution, wetland, watershed, culture and watermen, John Smith and colonial times, restoration, wildlife

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PBS Death at Jamestown: What Really Happened? Lesson Plan

In this jigsaw lesson plan from PBS, students learn about four different, supported reasons behind the mysterious deaths that occurred in the early days of the colony of Jamestown. This 2-3 class period lesson for middle or high school students contains video clips, additional resources, class extensions, and information on correlation to national standards.

Subject(s): Social Studies
Type(s): Lessons and Activities, Multimedia
Level(s): Middle School, High School
Aligned with the following standard(s): National Science Education
Keywords: John Smith and colonial times

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Captain John Smith's Chesapeake Bay Lesson

Students will compare and contrast the Chesapeake bay of today verses the Chesapeake bay of John Smith's day. They will read excerpts from Smith's description of his exploration of the Bay and its rivers and analyze Smith's map of the Chesapeake.

Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Virginia
Keywords: land use, watershed, culture and watermen, John Smith and colonial times

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Baltimore and the War of 1812 Lesson

In this lesson students will identify the role of Baltimore and Fort McHenry in the War of 1812.

Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School
Keywords: John Smith and colonial times

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Pocahontas: Ambassador to the New World

Pocahontas: Ambassador to the New World ventures beyond the common myth about Pocahontas and provides a revealing look into the tragic yet heroic life of one of the world’s most famous princesses. Students will be able to describe the impact Pocahontas had on English and Native American relations during her lifetime.

Subject(s): Social Studies
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Middle School, High School
Aligned with the following standard(s): National Science Education
Keywords: John Smith and colonial times, Native American

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Chemistry of Iron and Charcoal Manuafacturing in Pennsylvania Lesson

In this lesson student identify the historical purpose of forests in Pennsylvania. They learn about the iron manufacturing process and write and explain the chemical formula of making charcoal.

Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Middle School, High School
Keywords: forest, John Smith and colonial times, Native American, renewable resource

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The History of Maple Syrup Lesson

Students will explore how maple sugaring began and experience the ways the pioneers and Indians produced sugar.

Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Elementary School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Pennsylvania
Keywords: forest, John Smith and colonial times, Native American

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