Activity Overview

In order to help students keep track of each colonial region and their foundations, it can be helpful to organize information into a chart. In this activity, students will create a compare and contrast chart to display their understanding of each region's geography, resources, economy, demographics, and government.

See Colonial Regions for an activity for a single region.

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Compare and contrast the natural resources, the economies, demographics and governments of the American colonial regions in the 1700s.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. In the description boxes, write: where the colonial regions are located and which colonies are included, the natural resources, reasons for founding (why did colonists come to these regions) and the types of local governments they created.
  3. Create an illustration for each cell using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
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Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 4-6

Difficulty Level 4 (Difficult / Complex)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: Compare and Contrast with T-Charts

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RH/6-8/7] Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/1] Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/7] Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/WHST/6-8/2/B] Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.


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