A Colonial Tour from TeachersFirst: Williamsburg
Williamsburg is one of America's oldest historical reconstruction projects. Begun more than forty years ago with funding from the Rockefeller family as a colonial archaeology project, Williamsburg today is a completely reconstructed colonial town which attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year, as well as scores of school classes.
A thorough visit to Williamsburg takes a day or two and requires careful planning in the spring and summer seasons. The historical attractions at Jamestown and Yorktown are nearby, and there are also a number of other tourist attractions and theme parks in the Williamsburg area. The links below will give you more information.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomIntroduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use the Explore the Flag section on the site as a whole group activity. Have students explore the site independently or in small groups. If used independently put the site on a classroom computer and use as a center. To use in small groups, set up a game show format. Using the Star Quiz game, break students into groups and ask the questions. Whichever team collects the most stars wins. In addition, take individual or group photos and submit them to be part of the flag mosaic. Additional ideas can be found in the provided educator resources.
Grades3 to 8
In the ClassroomShare this and other sections of the TeachersFirst Colonial America tour as part of your study of the colonies so students can see what these historic locations look like today.
Grades5 to 12
In the ClassroomIf you have a whiteboard or projector, you will have a captivated class. Individual or paired computer experience will allow your students to walk through the streets on their own. How about having a cyber-scavenger hunt? You will need to walk through the town yourself to find tidbits along the way, then later, ask the students to find them. They must give you the location where they were found.
Younger students will need to be shown how to cyber-walk through the streets. You can ask them to report to you about the citizens they meet along the way. Ask students to draw their own colonial town based upon a layout like Williamsburg.