Colonial America

The Beginnings…..

Brain Pop Videos– user: dwightpop and school password.

Discovery Education Early Settlers Use our school user and password to access these videos.

Colonial America: the 13 Colonies. The basics from Ducksters.

Colonial Regions from Mr. Nussbaum

13 Colonies

Colonial Vocabulary/Terms Flash Cards and Game


Colonial Links

1. America’s Story: Jump Back in Time. from the Library of Congress.

2. Colonial Trades from Williamsburg 

3. The First Thanksgiving  Take an interactive journey on the Mayflower, plus links to information about the Plymouth colony and the Wampanoag Indians.

4. Plimoth Plantation: the First Thanksgiving 

5. 375 Years Ago… an Interactive Panorama 

6. Plimoth Plantation Virtual Field Trips (15- 20 min. videos set in Plimoth)

7. Video Demonstrations of Early American Tools 

8. Jamestown Fort Rediscovered  Learn about the lives of some earliest colonists.

9. Jamestown Settlement Videos

        a) The Economics of Jamestown

10. Jamestown Online Adventure from History Globe

11. John Smith’s Voyages A map showing the location of the Jamestown VA colony as well as local Native American tribes and other information. From VA Center for Digital History.

12. On the Trail of Captain John Smith (video)

13. Ogden House 

14. Plimoth Plantation 

15. Talk like a Pilgrim

16. The First Thanksgiving 

17. Colonial House

18. Colonial Videos

19. Williamsburg History: the People

20. Voyage on the Mayflower, First Thanksgiving, etc.

21. Who were the Pilgrims? Find out all about them.

22. Plymouth Colony: Learn the basics of why and when this colony was started

23. Colonial Town: Learn about the different tradespeople in Colonial times

24. Jamestown: Primary Source Set from the Library of Congress

25. American Journeys: Eyewitness Accounts of Early American Exploration and Settlement

26. Franklin’s Spark– a 25 minute video about early Philiadelphia and Ben Franklin’s life there. From History.Org

27. Go Back in Time to Ipswich, MA to look for clues about who lived there and what their lives were like. From Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

28. A Colonial Family and Community. Be a history detective. Go back in time and investigate the daily lives of the Daggetts, a colonial family from northeastern Connecticut. Collect clues to uncover answers to 7 questions about colonial life in the 1700s. Then prove your skills as a history detective by discovering “What’s wrong with this picture?”

29. Colonial Sign Game  Can you match the trade sign to the correct occupation????

Comparing Sources: Use the 2 links below to learn more about Captain John Smith and his impact on the colonists at Jamestown. Do you think he was a hero or a villain to his fellow colonists? Write a persuasive argument using facts from these 2 sites to support your position!

30. John Smith

31. John Smith – Enchanted Learning


Simple Machines in the Colonies: Watch the video below to find out how the colonists used simple machines to make their work easier.

Anna’s Adventures: Simple Machines