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.
Grade Level 3-6
Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)
Type of Assignment IndividualCommon Core Standards
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Objective: Create an economic map of Colonial America in the 1700s.
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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