October 1, 2015
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by Sanayya Sohail

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The New England Colonies: Economy

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

(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.
(20 minutes)
  • Go over the New England Colonies: Economy slideshow presentation with your students.
(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.
(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.
(10 minutes)
  • Ask your students to describe the four industries that led to economic success in the New England colonies.
(15 minutes)
  • Ask your students to read their dialogue out loud.

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