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Founders of the Colonies

Founders of the Colonies

Author: Anna Furtado

Grade level: 5th, Subject: History

Standard: 5.4

Students understand the political, religious, social, and economic institutions that evolved in the colonial era.

  • 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).
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Picture of the Thirteen Colonies

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The New England Colonies, and how they were founded.


Why were the colonies founded, and who were the major individuals who made this happen?

To demonstrate this, I want you to create a press, in a group of four. Each individual will pick one colony and create a few slides about who founded it, and why it was founded. This will be presented in class at a later date.