5.21.2010

Free Jamestown Lesson Plans and Teacher's Guides

On the Trail of Captain John Smith: A Jamestown Adventure
This is an interactive video that will hold the attention of the younger crowd. The student will be able to make choices and find out how John Smith chose and the results of his choices.

Official Jamestown Settlement Homepage
You can access curriculum materials and video clips from the homepage.

Primary Source Activity: John Smith’s Map of Virginia 1612
In this activity, teachers examine a map of Virginia drafted by John Smith around 1607 and engraved in 1612 in England. After discussing . . . [students will] learn more about the historical context of the early 17th century, compare this map with a 2004 map, and draw conclusions about John Smith and the Virginia Company.

Time for Kids -- Analyzing Sources
Pages 3 and 4 of this pdf document will prove most useful in identifying and analyzing primary source documents.

The History Channel Jamestown Teacher's Guide and the accompanying exhibit and multimedia resources.
Activities in this guide use many primary sources including ships’ manifests, documents, maps, and diaries. These glimpses into the historical facts as they were recorded at the time by the people directly involved, allow students to become familiar with the attitudes and beliefs of the times as well as the historical events. This guide includes activities, information, visuals, topics for discussion, a bibliography of print and non-print materials, Web resources and supplementary ideas for classroom discussions, and links to web resources for students along with links to teacher materials which may be helpful for data retrieval.

Cultures in Contact and student resources
The goal of this program is to help students understand the early experiences of Native Americans and English settlers as they first met and interacted in Virginia in 1607. The booklet is divided into two parts. Part I provides background information for the teacher beginning with an essay describing these two cultures and followed by suggested teacher directions and answers to the activities. Part II includes a series of activities which can be reproduced for use with the classes.

The program objectives for ‘Cultures in Contact” are as follows:
1. Be able to name three things that each group wanted from the other and explain why they wanted them.
2. Be able to explain why the English and the Indians had a difficult time communicating with each other.
3. Be able to explain three things that each group might find unusual or different about the other.
4. Describe how you might have acted (differently) if you were an Englishman or, Indian at Jamestown in 1607.

The Powhatan
This is a free, sample lesson plan that is part of a larger unit study (available for purchase). Objectives are
♦ To consider how historians study preliterate societies.
♦ To analyze some aspects of Native American culture.
♦ To practice distinguishing between descriptions and judgments.

Contact and Conflict
This is to accompany a program, but the primary sources prove useful to share with students.

Werowocomoco Teacher's Guide and accompanying website.
In this document, you will find helpful text, images, and reproducible activities aimed at orienting teachers and students to Werowocomoco’s exciting past and present.

Chester Comix Teacher's Guide
You may find this useful when using Jamestown Journey -- Chester the Crab. You will find a fill-in comic strip, a Christopher Newport study, mapping activity, and resources on John Smith and tobacco.  You can see samples here.

Life at Jamestown
Though the physical presentation is a little shabby due to photocopying issues, there is useful background information and activities to be found.

Jamestown Coloring Page

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