In our Jamestown lesson plan, students learn about the early settlement of Jamestown, Virginia. Students learn the significance of this settlement in relation to the 13 colonies and how the settlers interacted with local native populations.


Our Jamestown lesson plan introduces students to the Jamestown settlement in 1607 and its significance to America and the original 13 colonies. Most students are aware of the 13 Original Colonies but often know little about the first permanent English settlement in North America. During this lesson, students are asked to consider what changes they would make to Jamestown, including new laws and their relationship with Native Americans; this allows them to reflect on the successes and failures of the colony and decide how those mistakes could have been made. Students are also asked to put given events relating to Jamestown in chronological order.

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to identify and locate the Jamestown settlement and explain its significance in the history of America.

Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3

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Polly W.
Jamestown unit

Easy to use. Students enjoyed it.