Jamestown in the beginning

Title of Lesson

Jamestown in the Beginning 

Primary Learning Outcome(s) (PLO)

  1. Students will locate Jamestown and illustrate the route from England to America.
  2. Students will list problems that occurred when settling the colony and predictions of how the problem may have been solved. 

Related QCC Standard(s)

Grade: 4

Social Studies

Core Social Study Skills

38

Topic: Information Processing
Standard: Makes predictions and comparisons based on factual information.

40

Topic: Problem Solving
Standard: Identifies and states a problem related to topic under study.

41

Topic: Problem Solving
Standard: Suggests alternative solutions to a problem.

History

12

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.

Materials and Equipment 

Procedures

Step One: Introduction

I will ask the class, “Did you know that at one time there were not 50 states?” During the colonial period the states were called colonies and there were only 13 at the time.

Today, we are going to discuss the settlement of the first colony location of Jamestown Virginia. We will also talk about some of the problems Jamestown faced and how they were resolved. The first activity you will complete is locating Jamestown on a map and drawing the route from England to America. Next you will predict some of the problems Jamestown might be faced with.  Then you will research to see if your predictions were correct.  After you list the problems you will list the resolution for each problem.

Essential Questions:

Where on a map is Jamestown located?

What problems was Jamestown faced with?

Estimated Time: 7 minutes 

Step Two: Teaching the Primary Learning Outcomes.

1. Develop content relevant to the outcome.

(1) To begin the lesson I will by explain to the class the Jamestown was the first American colony to settle in the New World.  I will show where Jamestown is located on the map and discuss how the colonists arrived at America.  I will show the route that was used to reach America from England.  I will also explain that Jamestown later became part of the Middle Atlantic region. 

(2) Now we are going to talk about the problems that Jamestown was faced with when settling into the New World.  The teacher will information to the students about the hardships of Jamestown.

2. Check for Understanding before going on?

(1) The teacher will review the location of Jamestown and the route from England to America.

(2) The teacher will review the problems Jamestown faced.

Questions:

Where is Jamestown located?

What route did the colonist take from England to America?

3. Provide practice and feedback related to the primary learning outcomes.

(1)Students will receive a copy of a map of the world.  The students will use markers/crayons/color pencils to illustrate where Jamestown is located and the route from England to Jamestown.

(2) Students will work independently and read about Jamestown.  The students will complete a Making Predictions handout after reading. 

Questions:

Where on the map is Jamestown located? 

Where did the colonist come from? 

How long do you think it might have taken to reach America?

What problems did Jamestown have?

How do you think the problems were resolved?

Estimated Time: 33 minutes 

Step Three: Closure

We have talked about where Jamestown is located and the route from England to America. 

Students have located Jamestown on a map and listed problems that Jamestown faced when settling. 

Students will now be able to tell the difference between states and colonies and problems of years ago and how the problem would be solved today.

Essential Questions:

Where is Jamestown located?

Where did the people come from?

What problems occurred after reaching America?

Estimated Time: 5 minutes 

Assessing the Primary Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will locate Jamestown and illustrate the route from England to America.  The teacher will observe students locating Jamestown on a map and will check the illustrations of the route from England to America.  The assessment will occur during Step 2 (1) and (3).
  2. Students will list problems that occurred when settling the colony and make predictions of how the problem may have been solved. The teacher will observe students as make their list.  The assessment will occur during Step 2 (1) and (3). 

 Estimated Time: part of procedures, not separate steps.

Extension
Students that complete the assignment early can research Jamestown on the Internet.

Remediation
Students that may need help can work with a partner to complete the assignments.

Accomodation
For students with exceptional needs, the teacher can map Jamestown and its route them.

Pre/Post Test Questions:
1. Where is Jamestown located?
        a. Europe
        b. North America
        c. South America
        d. Australia
2. What were some of the problems that may have occurred when settling the colony?

Rubric to Assess Open-Ended Question:
Described 3 or more problems
10 points
Described 2 problems
6 points
Described 1 problem
2 points