Discover what it was like to live in the first permanent English Settlement in America with this fun, engaging Jamestown for Kids unit study. Explore this history lesson for kids of all ages from kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade students. Children will learn about the Jamestown Settlement of 1607 with these fun projects, Jamestown activities, and free Jamestown Worksheets.
Jamestown for Kids
Make history come alive for children with this engaging history lesson for kids! In our Jamestown for Kids unit you will use fun Jamestown activities and free Jamestown printables to head back in time to the early 1600s as the English set sail for America, the men were hoping to find gold. They created a triangular shape fort for protection. Learn about Captain John Smith, the Powhatan Native American tribe, what it was like in Colonial America, and how this Virginia settlement was the capital for over 90 years. This is such a fun, engaging American History lesson for kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, and grade 4 students.
I always get so excited to learn alongside my kids! This history unit is filled with Jamestown colony activities that will make the colonial America time period come alive for kids! This is the first less on our Colonial America for kids study.
To explore what it was like to live in the Jamestown Settlement we ate gruel for breakfast. It is pretty much flavored water. We learned that the colonists in early Jamestown were mainly ‘gentlemen’ and they didn’t want to plant crops or work. Many starved. The only food they had to eat was what they could grow in their garden or hunt. The kids decided Colonial food wasn’t that great.
Jamestown Colony Activities
Colonial Home Project
We made a miniature Wattle & Daub House to better understand Colonial American homes (click to see directions on how we made it).
Tin Lantern Project
We made our own tin lantern. We got the idea from Great Colonial America Projects You Can Build Yourself. Draw a simple design on the can; Goofy opted to make shapes. You fill a large empty tin can with water & freeze overnight. Then you use towels to keep it from moving. Use a hammer & a nail to make holes along your pattern line. (This is GREAT practice using a hammer, improves hand/eye coordination, small motor skills, and more!)
Allow the ice to melt and the can to dry out. Put wax in bottom of can and place tee light in bottom (wax is to hold tee light candle in place). Light your candle & enjoy. It is so cool! Remember this project requires close adult supervision. And fire should never be left to burn unsupervised.
My absolute favorite book that thoroughly explains Jamestown is The Jamestown Colony by Brendan January; it is great for K-4th grade. The book explains the history, Native American, John Smith, fort, tough times, Lord De La Ware, tobacco farms, Opechancanough attack on colony, King James I retaking control of colony from London Company, and the end of the colony in 1699 due to a fire.
We’ve done several lapbooks this year so I decided it was time to mix it up a little. To remember our study of Colonial Times we made a Life In Colonial America Book. Since I am making the sheets as we go this download includes the pages of the book we made this week: Jamestown, Wattle & Daub homes, Pocahontas, Metalworking, and a blank page (in case you make your own creative project!). There are two choices in the download: #1 with text to trace about that particular aspect of Colonial life or #2 blank for your child to write. Both choices have a large box with space for your child’s drawing or picture of a project you did. Goofy is so proud of his book!
History Lessons for Kids
Our fun, hands-on and engaging homeschool history include not only clever activities to make history fun and memorable, but FREE printable worksheets and games too!
- Mesopotamia History – learn about he cradle of civilization while making costumes, recipes, maps, their own wheeled transport replica, play the royal game of Ur, make raised reliefs, practice cuniform in clay, and construct their own zigurats!
- Early Explorers contains activities and printables to relive the adventures of early explorers for kids as they become a viking with Leif Erickson, sale around the world with Magellan, head to China with Marco Polo, discover the New World with Columbus, and more!
- Middle Ages for Kids. Build your own Medieval Castle, learn about the science of a catapult, dye silk, make peasant bread, find out the important roles of knights, make a bow and arrow, learn the origin of pretzels, making illuminated manuscripts, make artwork with egg paint and weaving simple tapestries .
- Native Americans for Kids – explore various tribes as you create free printable book, make PVC tent, totem poles, Indian fry bread, husk dolls, recreate an archeological dig with arrow heads, and more!
- Colonial America for Kids takes kids on a journey back to the first settlers in America – eat Gruel, make a Wattle & Daub house, create a tin lantern, write with a quill, make simple Johnny Cakes, make you own marbles, create traditional silhouette art projects, and more.
- American Revolution for Kids. In 4 units your students will learn what events lead up to the American Revolution and famous figures will making dragon pistols, roll their own cartridges, working spy cipher, cold feet activity.
- What was the Westward Expansion? History comes alive as they learn about the Oregon trail, pony express, gold rush, transcontinental railroad, and more with printables and activities like making a covered wagon, homemade crackers, how to square dance, pan for gold, and make a railroad project.
- Civil War for Kids We have recommendations for mapping and visiting famous battle sights nearby, printable civil war board game, make an informative emergent reader, create a flip book or people students should know, and complete some free printable Civil War worksheets.
- United States for Kids – we have worksheets, games, state coloring pages and more to make learning about the USA fun!
- Learn about the Children of the World and the countries they live in with our handy, FREE resources: country readers, map of the world for kids to print and label, a printable countries of the world coloring book.
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