Virginia Studies: Jamestown Unit


Looking for engaging activities and lesson plans for teaching about the Jamestown settlement? This Virginia Studies: Jamestown Unit comes with detailed lesson plans, hands-on activities, worksheets, passages and questions, assessments, and much more! Save time planning and your students will love learning about Virginia Studies as they complete the hands-on activities.

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Virginia Studies: Jamestown Unit

Virginia Studies: Jamestown Unit is a hands-on unit that combines history and language arts skills! Everything you need to teach a unit about the Jamestown settlement can be found here!

For a closer look at the activities in this unit, see the product video and images at the top of the page!

What skills are covered in this Virginia Studies unit?

This Jamestown Unit includes 7 detailed lesson plans. All lessons are hands-on and incorporate literacy skills. Students will investigate–

  • Reasons for English settlement in America
  • The Virginia Charter
  • Reasons for settlement at Jamestown
  • Hardships the settlers experienced at Jamestown
  • The relationship between the English settlers and the American Indians
  • The creation of The General Assembly at Jamestown
  • Africans at Jamestown
  • Women at Jamestown

What is included in this Virginia Studies unit?

This Jamestown Unit comes with:

  • 20 Worksheets
  • 13 Timeline Cards
  • 7 Close Reading Passages & Comprehension Questions: All of the passages and questions can also be shared with students digitally and completed using Google Slides.
  • 8 Writing Activities: Students will pretend to be a settler at Jamestown and create a journal to record their experiences. Students will also create newspaper ads for The Virginia Company of London.
  • 5 Hands-On Activities: Students will create many items to show what they have learned such as a mobile, a diorama, and a charter.
  • 4 Entry/Exit Tickets
  • 2 Sorts
  • 1 Group Activity: Students will work with a group to create a government for Jamestown.
  • 1 Quiz
  • 1 Final Test
  • 1 Timeline of Suggested Activities: Provides a timeline for using the activities included within this unit and provides links to websites featuring videos about concepts being taught.
  • Answer keys included throughout

Students will become fully immersed in learning about Jamestown as they complete hands-on activities, watch video clips, and research past events!

Are digital activities included?

All of the passages and comprehension questions, most worksheets, the quiz, and the test within this Jamestown Unit are also included in a digital format and can be shared with students using your Google Drive.

When you purchase this product, you will be given access to a link that will allow you to open the file in Google Slides. You’ll then share that file with your students. The slides can be printed and adapted for students who prefer to answer the questions by hand. You can also view and print a student’s completed version of the slides. Video tutorials are also included to help you share interactive Google Slides with your students.

What standards are covered?

This unit is specifically aligned with Virginia Studies SOL VS.3. The unit has been updated to reflect the 2015 changes to the standard.

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