Monday's Lesson Plan
After the Americas were discovered, many Europeans fled Europe in search a new place where they could live more freely. Settlers traveled across the ocean in sailing ships and settled in colonies along the coasts of North America. Many of these first colonies failed. However, the settlers of Jamestown were able to make it through those first winters. They began growing crops and learned to live with their Native American neighbors. This is the beginning of America as it is today.
Tuesday's Lesson Plan
The first people to start colonies in America were seeking religious freedom. Religion dictated almost every aspect of their lives. Many of these early settlers believed it was a sin to be lazy. This meant they kept busy with chores and other tasks.
Wednesday's Lesson Plan
Education was important to the first colonists. They started schools in their colonies so their children would be educated. Children went to school for long hours. They learned reading, writing and arithmetic. Learning was done through repetition and memorization. It was important for children to learn these skills so that they could be successful at their chosen job later.
Thursday's Lesson Plan
Colonies were established up and down the eastern coast of North America by European settlers. The thing all of these settlers had in common was a desire for freedom and a new beginning. The passengers on the Mayflower created a document to ensure this new life. Before stepping foot on ground they wrote the Mayflower Compact, a set of guidelines and rules on how people would behave toward one another in this new colony.
Friday's Lesson Plan
As the colonies grew America gained its own culture different from that of Europe. These new Americans had a new way of doing things and this was reflected in society and the new customs that developed among the colonists. It didn't take long for the colonists to decide they preferred these new ways and declare their independence for Britain.