The colonial period of American history starts with the arrival of the first European settlers in the early seventeenth century, and continues until independence was declared in 1776. During this time, the settlers formed thirteen colonies along the Atlantic coast as they built a new way of life and laid the groundwork for a new nation.
Kids Zone games such as Colonial Gardener, 18th Century Paper Doll, Drum Corps Tryout and Revolutionary Fireworks Frenzy, are designed to give you a virtual taste of colonial life. Parents and teachers will find links to additional educational resources on the site, such as Meet the People and Experience the Life. Wandering back into the main site, under the Multimedia tab on the main horizontal menu, you'll find more games and interactive quizzes on the Interactive Features page.
Have Fun with History is a collection of history videos, some produced by Have Fun with History, and others from the public domain (i.e. so old that their copyright protection has expired!) Why watch videos made in the 1950's? HFwH answers the question this way. "Any form of recorded history reflects the time it was written or filmed as much as it does the time period it attempts to capture. But that's OK, because we get more bang for our history buck we can learn about both time periods."
Mr. Nussbaum's Interactive 13 Colonies is my multimedia pick-of-the-day. First must-see activity is the interactive thirteen colonies map. Click on any of the colonies or cities to view the annotation. For quizzes, crosswords, scavenger hunts, and fill-in-the-blank cloze exercises, look in the left-hand menu under Integration. "The thirteen colonies were British colonies ______ between 1607 and 1732." Related topics, such as biographies of the founding fathers, can also be found in the left-hand menu.
It's reality TV meets Colonial America when two dozen "modern-day time travelers find out the hard way what early American colonial life was really like when they take up residence" in Colonial House for public television's history series of the same name. Best clicks are the ten interactive activities (filed under Interactive History), such as Dress Me Up and 'Tis a Very Dirty Manner of Life. For lesson plans and classroom activities, follow the For Teachers link at the bottom of the page.
"In the early days of the colonial period, the settlers did not know how to live in the wilderness, and they faced many hardships. In Massachusetts, for example, the Plymouth settlers, spent most of their first winter (1620-21) on board the Mayflower." Colonial American is one of seven periods of American history covered in Scholastic's Our America for grades three to eight. It includes excepts from diaries written by Mayflower Puritan Patience Whipple (from 1621), and Pennsylvania Quaker Catherine Carey Logan (from 1763) as well as a journal writing exercise, and an online Thanksgiving activity.