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Keywords: Colonial America, United States history-colonial period
Subject(s): English/Language Arts, Information Skills, Technology
Grades 4 through 6
School: Makefield Elementary School, Yardley, PA
Planned By: Renee Pope
Original Author: Renee Pope, Yardley
Pennsylvania Social Studies Standards:
8.1 Historical Analysis and Skills Development
*Chronological Thinking *Historical Comprehension
*Historical Interpretation *Historical Research

8.4 World History
*Contributions of Individuals and Groups *Documents, Artifacts and Historical Places *Influences of Continuity and Change *Conflict and Cooperation Among Groups

Library Standards:
1.2.a - Read and understand essential content of informational texts and documents in all academic areas
1.4.b - Write information pieces using graphics when relevant
1.5.b - Write using well-developed content appropriate for the topic
1.6.f - Use media for learning purposes
1.8.a - Select and refine a topic for research
1.8.b - Locate information using appropriate sources and strategies
1.8.c - Organize, summarize, and present the main ideas from the research

THE FIRST CLASS: Review note taking proceedures with them.
Have them choose their top four topics
Assign them one of these topics
Have them find the book that goes along with their topic (I usually have these on a reserve shelf)
SECOND AND THIRD CLASS ---- RESEARCH
FOURTH CLASS-Work on layout for audio piece and power point (on paper)
FIFTH CLASS--Go over writing a work cited.

All typing and internet reserach will be done in computer class since the library does not hold enough computers.

Listed below are a variety of TOPICS TO PICK FROM:
Schoolmaster/teacher
School in 1776
Wigmaker
Papermakers
Tanners
Homemakers
Potters
Peddlers
Silversmith
Blacksmith
Surveyor
Sailmaker
Shipbuilder/shipwright
Lighthouse Keeper
Glassblower
Colonial Sea Captain
Cabinetmakers
Doctor
 Colonial Medicines
Games
Art of Colonial America
Colonial Food
 Cooking
Traveling in Colonial Times
Daily Life in Colonial Philadelphia
 Tools and Gadgets
 Colonial Crafts
Kid’s Life
Entertainment in Colonial
America
Government and Politics in
Colonial America
Money and Finance in Colonial
America

ETC.

AUDIO PIECE:
While you end product will be in Power Point, you will need to have an audio piece to it. Please think about your end product. You may take your information you gather and showcase it anyway you want.
Examples are:
• Poem (s)
• Song
• Demonstrations of facts (examples showing how a recipe was done, sewing demo-telling about the fabric and job, showing what a blacksmith (or other job) used etc)
• Piece of art done in the style of Colonial Art (you would describe the information about your piece of art)
• OTHER_________________________________________________________________
Youwill be graded on the amount of information and quality in the demonstration. Please circle or write what form your audio piece will be.

POWER POINT slide layout:
POWER POINT GIUDELINES
Slide one- who/what your topic is your name and class
Slide two-facts about your topic (List ten interesting facts you found out about your topic. Use a table to do five on one side and five on the other)
Slide three-why was this topic (job, person business etc) important to the “town” or area
Slide four-audio slide
Slide five-works cited


Comments
We are integrating an audio piece along witha power point this year. In years past the project has been a poster. This is where the flip mino video camera would greatly enhance the audio piece.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
Computers will be used to do the bulk of the on line research and the power point. Art could be used to make some of the daily needed items or to talk about the colonial art.
Music coudl listen to various compositions of the time period and perhaps learn some of the dances.
Phys Ed could play some of the games of the time.
Follow-Up
The Power Points will be placed on the school's website and used in future years. The audio pieces can be burned to one disk and shared to all as a culminating "movie"
Links: CyberSleuth Kids
Archiving Early America
Colonial Williamburg
Materials: Integrating Technology, Word Processor, Tripods, CDs and DVDs, Digital Voice Recorders, Flip Video