Today I have the pleasure to share with you my Jamestown Unit study. It is a week long study that accompanies the book James Towne: Struggle for Survival by Marcia Sewall. The book is the basis for the study however the unit could be used also for it’s resources and links.
A little about the book: I feel the book is a wonderful historical account of Jamestown in the early years. It’s recommended by the publisher for 1-5 grade because it’s a picture book, but as homeschoolers it’s ideal for all ages because of it’s depth. With only one child, it would be perfect for 3-6th graders. You can read full review @ The Curriculum Choice .
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This unit study is for 4th to 8th graders. If you decide to use it, please adapt the activities for your students ability. I made it challenging enough for an eighth grader so if you have a younger student you will need to adapt it for them. With my fourth grader, I am expecting less from the writing assignments. For 7th or 8th graders I would add more research and perhaps a small paper on Jamestown.
The week long unit consists of five days of study. Each day covers these basic subjects:
- Reading and Comprehension
- Geography and Map Skills
- Science and Archeology
It does not include mathematics so continue with your usual math program. Some days offer additional subjects such as Art on Day 4 and Bible and Government on Day 5. After each day an optional hands on activity is given which somehow reinforces the lessons for that day.
At a Glance Summary by Day:
Day 1: Settlers’ Voyage, Arrival and Early Struggles- Emphasis: Historical
Day 2: Settlement and Problems-Emphasis: Science
Day 3: Forts Needed Supplies and Materials- Emphasis: Grammar and Archeology
Day 4: John Smith and The Natives- Emphasis: Character Study and Art
Day 5: The Starving Times- Emphasis: Law and Government
The focus of the study is primarily on the settlers’ struggle to survive, the first 4 years.It contains internet links and multiple sections which require the internet for research and additional learning activities. Therefore it is recommended that you have internet access when your doing the study. I used these sites as my main resources:
Jamestown Settlement Museum Official Website
Hitoric Jamestown Official Website- Archeological StudyNationalGeographic Interactive Jamestown Videos, Games, and More
National Park Service: Jamestown
If you just want to expose younger kids with something easy and fun, this is a fantastic presentation of the story of Jamestown and has fun games!National Geographic Kids: A Jamestown Adventure Game.
Other Jamestown Reading that I would Recommend: