Lesson Plan:

The New England Colonies: Economy

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October 1, 2015
by Sanayya Sohail

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify and describe the activities that led to economic success in the New England colonies.


Introduction (5 minutes)

  • Ask your students to name the New England colonies.
  • Have students brainstorm some factors that might have contributed to the economic success in the New England colonies.
  • Record your students' responses on the board or on chart paper.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (20 minutes)

  • Go over the New England Colonies: Economy slideshow presentation with your students.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (30 minutes)

  • Divide your students into four groups.
  • Assign each group an industry out of fishing, whaling, trading, and shipbuilding.
  • Give each group two boards of Styrofoam.
  • Tell each group to create three to five 3D pieces using Styrofoam to represent their industry. Tell them to color the pieces as well.
  • An example could be an ocean, a fishing rod, and fishes for the group that selects fishing.

Independent Working Time (20 minutes)

  • Ask each student to write a dialogue that could occur between people, animals, or objects involved in the industries.
  • A few examples could be a dialogue between the whale and the man killing it, a slave and a colonist, or two people who are building ships.



  • Enrichment: Ask your students to research the steps that it took to extract oil and create lights out of whales for the colonists. Demonstrate each step using words and pictures.
  • Support: Ask your students to divide their paper into fourths. Have them draw and write words about each industry that thrived in the New England colonies.


Assessment (10 minutes)

  • Ask your students to describe the four industries that led to economic success in the New England colonies.

Review and Closing (15 minutes)

  • Ask your students to read their dialogue out loud.

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