Lesson Plan

Early America - 13 Colonies

History can be fun while you are learning but knowing the original 13 colonies importance is a focus for 3rd and 4th graders. The strong personalities that allowed men to speak their minds forming a union is something to truly understand.
Linda S.
Classroom teacher
Collister Elementary School
Boise, ID
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My Grades 3, 4
My Subjects English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies

Students will be able to...

Name the 13 colonies

Recognize the major signers of the Declaration of Independence


English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 3
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Student Notes

1 Hook:

Fritz Books:  Students read and share how they connect with the story told from the video...John Hancock, Ben Franklin, Where Were You When they Signed the Declaration of Independence.

Student Instructions

Read one of the four books from Jean Fritz and take careful notes regarding what happened and interesting facts.  Jean Fritz is a noted historical author and she tries to include some of the less known items that happened at