Lesson Plan: Colonial School Experience G 5-8

Written By: Kristi Heupel
Grade Level: Grades 5-8

Time Allotment

2 weeks


The students will explore what it was like in schools during the colonial period to prepare for colonial day at school. The students will be preparing presentations to share with their classmates before the entire class participates in colonial day at school.

Subject Matter

Language Arts, Social Studies

Learning Objectives

Students will:
  • Be able to research different areas pertaining to education in colonial America.
  • Be able to prepare a presentation with a group using Glogster to share with the class.
  • Prepare to participate in colonial day at school using the information they learned from the presentations.
  • Media Components - Video/Web


    Video Clips
    The First American Settlements. Sunburst Visual Media. 2004
    Learn360. 13 July 2013

    Video Quiz
    The First American Settlement. Sunburst Visual Media. 2004
    Learn360. 13 July 2013
    Comparing Life in Colonial America. Sunburst Visual Media. 2004
    Learn360. 13 July 2013

    "Colonial America (1492-1763)." Colonial America. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 July 2013.
    "Education in the 13 American Colonies." Education in the 13 American Colonies. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 July 2013.


  • Access to the internet and Glogster
  • Library or classroom books for research
  • Teacher Preparation

    1. Create a sample Glog on Glogster to show the students your expectations.
    2. Download video clips to put on Glog.
    3. Gather any books you have on colonial America.

    Introductory Activities

    1. Introduce Glogster and the assignment by presenting your sample Glogster page.
    2. My Glogster page was a review of what the students had learned about colonial America.
    3. I first showed “The First American Settlements” video clip as an introductory activity and then had the students do the “Video Quiz” as a culminating activity and write their answers on a sheet of paper before the video clip gave the answers.
    4. I then showed “Comparing Life in Colonial America” and discussed as a class if we learned any new information about colonial America that we didn’t learn in our social studies chapters. I would periodically stop during the video to talk about this not just at the end.
    5. After that I showed the website “Colonial America (1492-1763)” and discussed how to skim and scan the information to find what I need for my Glog.

    Learning Activities

      Day 1 - 2
    1. The class will spend 1-2 days playing with Glogster to get acquainted with the website.

    2. Day 3
    3. Brainstorm as a class what information they want to learn about education in colonial America to prepare them for colonial day at school.
    4. Split the class into groups of 3 or 4.
    5. Each group will choose 2 or 3 ideas from the board or some of their own to research on the internet or in the books from the library.

    6. Day 4-6
    7. Research the ideas on the internet. The students are expected to include pictures, graphs, and information about education in colonial America. One picture that is required is the clothing the students wore to school to prepare them for later activities. Another area of research that is required is finding out how the different classes of people were educated (artisans, farmers, bankers, etc.). They will get extra points if they are able to find any video clips that are pertinent to the ideas they are researching. They are also to create a box on their Glog that compares education in today’s America with education in colonial America.

    Culminating Activity

    Present the Glog to the class as a group. They will graded on participation, information and creativity.

    Cross-Curricular Activity

    1. The students will end this unit by participating in colonial day at school.
    2. The students are required to follow the rules like they were in colonial school and will be disciplined like them.
    3. They have to come in costume as part of their grade which they researched during their Glog presenations.
    4. The students will have lunch like colonial students. They will have to bring their lunch and eat it outside.
    5. All of the school assignments done will be cross-curricular because they will be learning geography as they do their math (measuring acres for the fields and what type of land to plant on) and doing science during language arts (writing about the land and soil). They will also be taught different trades (weaving, soap making, etc.).

    Community Connections

    The students could write letters or e-mails to local or national museums to get information regarding education in colonial America. They could also do face-to-face interviews with senior citizens to find out about how their education was different from the education the students are currently receiving.

    The only materials the students need are computers and books provided by the teacher.