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California Standards for History

5.4 Students understand the political, religious, social, and economic institutions that evolved in the colonial era.
  1. Understand the influence of location and physical setting on the founding of the original 13 colonies, and identify on a map the locations of the colonies and of the American Indian nations already inhabiting these areas.
  2. Identify the major individuals and groups responsible for the founding of the various colonies and the reasons for their founding (e.g., John Smith, Virginia; Roger Williams, Rhode Island; William Penn, Pennsylvania; Lord Baltimore, Maryland; William Bradford, Plymouth; John Winthrop, Massachusetts).
  3. Describe the religious aspects of the earliest colonies (e.g., Puritanism in Massachusetts, Anglicanism in Virginia, Catholicism in Maryland, Quakerism in Pennsylvania).
  4. Identify the significance and leaders of the First Great Awakening, which marked a shift in religious ideas, practices, and allegiances in the colonial period, the growth of religious toleration, and free exercise of religion.
  5. Understand how the British colonial period created the basis for the development of political self-government and a free-market economic system and the differences between the British, Spanish, and French colonial systems.
  6. Describe the introduction of slavery into America, the responses of slave families to their condition, the ongoing struggle between proponents and opponents of slavery, and the gradual institutionalization of slavery in the South.
  7. Explain the early democratic ideas and practices that emerged during the colonial period, including the significance of representative assemblies and town meetings.



Internet Resources

Tour a Colonial Town                     Daily Life in the Colonies

What Is It?                                    Colonial House -Interactive History

Interactive Dress Up                      Slavery in the Colonies

Writing in Colonial Times               Magic Lens - View Writing

Objects from Colonial Times          Early American Tools

New England Buildings                   Colonial Kids

Colony Name Match                       Read About the 13 Colonies

Fast Facts About the Colonies                 Thirteen Colonies Name/Map Match

Make a Map                                                                 Plimouth Plantation First Thanksgiving

Pottery in Colonial Times                            Color Me Mine Bisque Painter





If You Lived In Colonial Times  by Ann Mcgovern and June Otani ISBN-13: 978-0590451604

Work in Colonial America (Colonial America) ISBN-13: 978-0516234953

School in Colonial America (Welcome Books) ISBN-13: 978-0516234946

Clothes in Colonial America (Welcome Books) ISBN-13: 978-0516234908

Food in Colonial America (Colonial America) ISBN-13: 978-0516234915

Fun and Games in Colonial America (Colonial America) ISBN-13: 978-0516234922

Homes in Colonial America (Welcome Books) ISBN-13: 978-0516239330

Colonial Times from A to Z  ISBN-13: 978-0865054073

American Revolution: A Nonfiction Companion to Revolutionary War on Wednesday (Magic Tree House Research Guide #11) ISBN-13: 978-0375823794



Life in the Colonies Project                   Colonial Life Projects for Kids

 Johnny Cakes Recipe                                          Colonial Resources from TeacherVision

PAPER WEAVING INSTRUCTIONS         Scholastic Plimouth Plantation   

Colonial Plantation Photo Gallery