Lesson Plan

Unit 1 North American Colonization

This is made for a flipped classroom unit on North American Colonization.
Jason S.
Classroom teacher
Brandon Middle School (Brandon, MS)
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My Grades 8
My Subjects Social Studies

Students will be able to:

- analyze the importance of push pull dynamics in migration

- compare the foundations of the Mayflower Compact to that of America today

- Use Social Studies tools to analyze colonization.

- Compare and contrast the economic factors that led to colonization

- Assess the importance of certain American character traits that are present in colonization


Social Studies
Grades 8
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1 Hook

The students will play around with this space colonization game and create a list of at least five connections that they believe will also be relevant to our unit on colonization of America.

The site is: http://www.quandarygame.org/

2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Investigating

The students will view the teacher created videos at:

These short clips are designed to provide facts and teach concepts about the colonization of North America. The students are to use these videos to create their notes for the unit.

3 Guided Practice

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This gives students an opportunity to use their handheld computing devices in class to answer an opinionated question at the beginning of one class period during the unit. This Kahoot question asks whether or not the English should have colonized North America and there are four options, two yes and two no, the students are to answer it and then use that as a jumping off point for the class that day.

4 Independent Practice

Activity: Exploring

View the videos on Jamestown at:


and use the flipped notes activity sheet to complete the assignments related to these videos.

5 Wrap-Up

This assessment tool will have the students write a letter to their favorite band or singer, give them facts that they would like to have the singer or band put into a song about the subject of colonization. Students can even get extra points for making a video of themselves singing a song they created based off the letter. Students will get a teacher created example to work with. The students will write the letter using the letter generator at:


The students need to email their letters to the teacher, however, it is recommended to print the letter off as well.