Children of Colonial Times
Ashley Williams, Tina Goble, and Niki Taylor

Fourth Grade Unit

Table of Contents

QCC Focus
Web Sites to Learn More
Related Books
Teacher Resources
Pre/Post Test


This is a unit for grades 4th-5th that clearly describes the lives of children of the European settlers. This unit will then proceed to describe early homes, home care, clothing, chores, education, food, and recreation. An overview of a typical child of Williamsburg and Virginia are also included. Illustrated with photos and reproductions, books that cover much the same background will be listed for children and adults alike to use as a reference to learn about this influential part of the United States.

QCC Focus:
Grade: 4
Social Studies

Topic: Exploration to Colonization
Standard: Compares and contrasts early colonial settlements in the New England, Middle Atlantic and Southern Colonies
- climate
- physical features
- settlers' country of origin
- settlers' motivations
- forms of government, and
- use of natural resources.

Technology Intergration
Strand:  Research
Topic:  Research
Standard:  Uses research techniques with teacher guidance

Language Arts


Topic: Listening/Speaking

Standard: Determines the literal and figurative meaning of words.

Web Sites:

Colonial Kids
Come and learn about life in Colonial Times

At this website children can learn and explore more about Williamsburg during the Colonial period.

Colonial Family
Children can investigate the daily lives of a colonial family.

Schooling, Educatio
n, and Literacy,
In Colonial America

This website explains basic facts about the Hornbook and the Dame School.

Children in Colonial America
At this website children can get into groups and complete the activity.

Children in Colonial Times
Students can look at the differences between boys and girls of today and colonial times.

Social Studies for Kids
An introduction for the 13 American Colonies.

Colonial Days Web Adventure
Teachers can use this website to plan online activities,
use web research, and look at articles and questions.


This website provides research, lesson plans,
and online activites for the teacher to use during the unit.

Colonial America
From time-line of events and activities to famous people during the colonial times, this web site is bound to provide any student with an aboundant amount of information about Colonial America.

Related Books:

Author and Illustrator

You Lived in Williansburg in Colonial Days
Barbara Brenner
Illustrated by:
Jenny Williams

More that two hundred years ago, two thousand people lived in the town of Williamsburg, Virginia.  If you lived back then,  what would your house look like and how would life be in those days?
This book tells you what it was like to grow up in colonial days, before there was a United States of America.

Meet Felicity
An American Girl

Valerie Tripp
Illustrated by:
Dan Andreasen

Penny, the horse Felicity loves, is in trouble.  Felicity must figure out a way to help her before it is too late!
Colonial Farm
June Behrens and Pauline Brower
Photographs by:
Pauline Brower

The colonial Americans lived very different lives from ours today.  They grew their own food and they built their own homes.  They made their living from the land.  On Colonial Farm we see how it was two centuries ago, just before the American Revolution........

Children's Clothing of the 1800s
David Schimpky and Bobbie Kalman

You probably have a closet filled with different outfits.  Most of the children who lived during colonial times had only two outfits. One was worn during the week; the other was saved for Sundays and special occasions.  See how clothes differed from then to now.

Growing up in Colonial America
Allen P. Clark

Ben Mason, a six year old living in colonial times, was thinking of leaving home.  If he left home, he would miss his father, mother, brothers, sisters, and even the animals.  But leaving would be a little drastic, so just writting in his horn book of his dreams and adventures will have to do.

Teacher Resources:

This resource gives teachers activies to use during a colonial unit.

This book gives teachers an idea of colonial times and how to use it with kids.

 This is a great video series to us during a colonial unit.

This book is a great resource for a teacher to
refer to regardless of whether it is for discovering the location of the colonies, looking at the types of clothing during colonial times, or the responsibilities of children during those times.  This book offers an abundant amount of facts along with an outstanding variety of pictures to refer to.

Learning about America's Colonial Period with Graphic Organizers
This is a great book to assist teachers in designing a graphic organizer that is appropriate for any topic dealing with colonial times, from lifestyles, government, and remedies to technology, economy and the industry of colonial times.


Lesson One
Living In Colonial Days
Lesson Two
Children's Clothing in Colinial Days
Lesson Three
Jamestown in the Beginning
Lesson Four
Lesson Five
Collaborative Activity

Pre/Post Test:

1. How many colonies made up colonial America before the United States was formed?
   a.  Colonial America consisted of 75 colonies.
   b.  Colonial America consisted of 13 colonies.
   c.  Colonial America consisted of 14 colonies.
   d.  Colonial America consisted of 20 colonies.

2. Compare and contrast how a room in a colonialhome differs from a room in a modern home.
3. What kind of clothes did women and girls wear during colonial times?
    a.  Breeches , Pantaloons, and Knickerbockers.
    b.  Shift, Stay, and Petticoat.
    c.Trousers and Waistcoat.
   d.  Highland suit, Sailor suit, or a Fuantleroy suit.
4. How were the clothes of the poor people different from the rich people?
5. Where is Jamestown located?
        a. Europe
        b. North America
        c. South America
        d. Australia

6. What were some of the problems that may have occurred when settling the colony
7. Which item is not included in a colony?
      a. farming and food
      b. housing
      c. people
      d. grocery market
8. Describe two details of how the Jamestown colony differs from your hometown.
9. What was a horn book?
        a. A book that contained recipes

b. A book that contained the pieces of paper with the alpahbet, lord's prayer, and symbols.
        c. A book that conatined colorful pictures.
        d. A book that contained different descriptions of horns.
10. Discuss interesting facts that you found out about your topic of choice.