Explore the new world of what is now known as the United States through the eyes of an early colonist, settling in North America for the first time. Game/Play STEM Project-Based Minecraft Online courses
At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:
- Apply inferencing strategies appropriately in relation to drawing conclusions based on research and observation.
- Utilize the Book and Quill for note taking strategies.*
- Compare and contrast key geographical and cultural components of the three major colonial regions of early America
- Explain their understanding of the colonies through verbal expression in a creative writing assignment.
Next Generation Standards
Reading standards for Literacy in History and Social Studies 6-8:
- RH2: Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate, objective summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions
- RH7: Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
What if you decided to leave your home in the 17th century (1600s) and make the months long journey across the vast, daunting ocean to a new world? What are you feeling -would you feel excited, hopeful, scared? What would you bring with you, knowing that you do not have any idea of where you are going, but also aware that you will need to adapt and survive in whatever landscape you encounter? In what type of environment would you rather settle in: a mountainous, rocky, infertile land near the ocean; a wooded, hilly region with several creeks and rivers; or flat, expansive farmland with little access to water? Why would you choose this region to live?
By the end of this activity, students should have a thorough grasp and/or understanding of:
1) The identification of the specific region(s) of the original 13 colonies, including the geographical features that create a cultural impact on the colonists that live there.
2) How to appropriately integrate inferencing, inquiry based instruction, and student centered activities into their overall learning and understanding of a topic.
3) The observation(s) and research they gathered in order to effectively communicate their findings through a creative writing piece.
- Applying initiative to start, perform, and complete a succession of tasks in an independent setting.
- Making inferences based on inquiry based learning to gather relevant evidence to support specific inference(s).
- Using decision making, problem solving, and creative thinking to complete design/build centered tasks in the Minecraft world.
- Communicating effectively through written response by implementing proper grammar, full sentences, photographic evidence, and creative writing components to convey an answer to a specific question. hic evidence, and creative writing.