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Activity Overview


Spider webs are an excellent tool to help students organize facts in a systematic and visual manner. In this activity, students will research the Massachusetts Bay Colony and create a spider map to show what they have learned. Students should choose to focus on 4-6 of the following: history, cities, industries, geography, climate, religion, did you know? (a few fun/random facts), economy, and government.


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Objective: Create a spider map that includes facts about the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click “Start Assignment”.
  2. Write a title in each cell from the following: history, cities, industries, geography, climate, religion, did you know? (a few fun/random facts), economy, and government.
  3. Create an illustration that represents each heading using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  4. Write a short description of each heading/important term in the space below the illustration.
  5. Save often!

Requirements:Students must choose from the provided list unless the teacher approves a different term.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 3-6

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/4/2] Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/4/7] Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/4/8] Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; take notes and categorize information, and provide a list of sources.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RI/4/3] Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RI/4/4] Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.

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