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Activity Overview


An economic map shows the specific types of economic activity present in an area using symbols to represent different industries. In this activity, students will create their own economic map for the 13 Colonies in the 1700s. This is a great way to help students remember the different jobs and industries that the colonists would have participated in.

They will choose images to represent different economic activity and then will place those images in the correct colonies. For example, students could put the image of a tobacco plant in Virginia to show that the cash crop of tobacco was a big part of Virginia’s economy in the 1700s. They will include a key at the bottom of the map that shows the symbol and uses text to tell what it represents.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 3-6

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RI/5/9] Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
  • [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.


Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:

Objective: Create an economic map of Colonial America in the 1700s.

Student Instructions

  1. Learn about the different jobs and industries in the 13 colonies in the 1700s.
  2. Click "Start Assignment".
  3. Place images that represent different jobs and industries in the appropriate colony. For example, you could put the image of a tobacco plant in Virginia to show that the cash crop of tobacco was a big part of Virginia’s economy in the 1700s. You may repeat images in more than one colony.
  4. Create a key at the bottom of the map. Include the images that you used along with a short description of what it represents. For example, put the tobacco leaf in the key and next to it write “Tobacco Farming”.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.

Requirements: Must have at least one image in each colony that represents an industry that was present in the 1700s. Also, must have a key to show what each image symbolizes.



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