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13 Colonies: A New World

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Map of 13 Colonies

Map of 13 Colonies

The 13 Colonies:

New England Colonies:

  • Rhode Island
  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts

  • New Hampshire

Middle Colonies:

  • Delaware
  • Pennsylvania
  • New York
  • New Jersey

Southern Colonies:

  • Maryland
  • Virginia
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Georgia


Geography ~ Identify the 13 colonies on a map or have the child label them using this map with quiz.

Language ~ Read Pilgrim Cat, The Pilgrims of Plimoth or If You Sailed On The Mayflower In 1620 then discuss the five W’s asking words below:

  • Who: Settlers/Pilgrims
  • What: Sailed
  • When: 1620
  • Where: Plymouth
  • Why: Voyage To A New World/Life

Your Journey ~ Settlers wanted a new life and were willing to leave everything they knew and had to journey to an unknown land in search of it. Ask the child to imagine being a settler ready for their journey on the Mayflower…

  • Have you ever moved to a new state or country?
  • What would you take with you?
  • What would you miss most?
  • What would you be most excited about?
  • Do you think the pilgrims were brave?

A Lesson In Courage ~ Both natives and settlers showed courage in daily life and interactions with each other. Discuss what courage means and ways one can show it. You can expand the lesson by asking the child to name a person who they believe has shown courage and identify what those actions were.

  • What is courage? doing the right thing even when it is difficult or facing your fears with confidence
  • What is another word for courage? bravery
  • Ways one can show courage: do the right thing even when others are not; be willing to try new things even if you think you might fail; face daily challenges with confidence; tell the truth regardless of the consequences; face your fears and work hard to overcome them; admit your mistakes and learn from them

Get me to Philadelphia ~ A Colonial Map Discovery Activity

Biography ~ Offer a brief biography on John Smith, Pocahontas or Mayflower-related people, such as Samoset or Tisquantum (Squanto). Here is a blank Biography Worksheet to work with.



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