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.

 

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National Museum of American History - Interactive Flag - Smithsonian Institute

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This site provides a comprehensive look at the Star Spangled Banner. The site lets you interact with the Star Spangled Banner by clicking on various "hot spots". You can play ...more
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This site provides a comprehensive look at the Star Spangled Banner. The site lets you interact with the Star Spangled Banner by clicking on various "hot spots". You can play a game called Collect the Stars that requires you to collect 14 stars by answering quiz questions. You can sing your own version of the national anthem and contribute your own photos to the flag mosaic. There is also a link to educational resources (click resources). You can also click on the link at the bottom of the page "How to Use This Resource In Your Classroom."

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Introduce 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.
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Williamsburg For Teachers - The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

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Williamsburg for Teachers offers a lot of possibilities. The "experience colonial life" selection takes you to descriptions of different trades and occupations, with pictures showing...more
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Williamsburg for Teachers offers a lot of possibilities. The "experience colonial life" selection takes you to descriptions of different trades and occupations, with pictures showing how they were conducted. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.. There are lesson plans, tours, video clips and more.

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In the Classroom

Share 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.

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Colonial Williamsburg: Virtual Tours of the Town - Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

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Walk through the streets of Colonial Williamsburg and learn about the many inhabitants and buildings along the way. This amazing virtual tour through the streets makes it seem like...more
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Walk through the streets of Colonial Williamsburg and learn about the many inhabitants and buildings along the way. This amazing virtual tour through the streets makes it seem like you are there. This site is actually part of the Williamsburg Interactive page, but its value to historical understanding warranted its own TeachersFirst review. Click your cursor on buildings and you'll be taken to just that area. Then, you will be given information about that area and its inhabitants. Follow the links to additional web pages for more information.

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If 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.

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Colonial Williamsburg Lesson Plans - Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

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Sixteen interdisciplinary lesson plans capture the essence of Colonial Williamsburg. The background research for the plans are hotlinked into each lesson. ...more
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Sixteen interdisciplinary lesson plans capture the essence of Colonial Williamsburg. The background research for the plans are hotlinked into each lesson.

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These lessons make it easy to plan an entire unit on life in Williamsburg, from mathematics to a colonial Christmas. While you are at this page, sign up for the free e-newsletter to keep up to date on offerings to teachers from Williamsburg. Make sure you visit the Kids Zone games and information for additional research to enhance your lessons.

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Colonial Williamsburg: A Day in the Life - Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

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Enjoy the video based upon the television series by this name (A Day in the Life) and the 4 lesson plans explaining vividly about life in colonial times. ...more
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Enjoy the video based upon the television series by this name (A Day in the Life) and the 4 lesson plans explaining vividly about life in colonial times.

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You will want to print the colorful photos in the lesson plans or share them on a projector to accompany your lessons. Make sure you click on the bottom of the page for additional online activities. Follow the links to the lessons.
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Podcasts from Colonial Williamsburg - Colonial Williamsburg

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Listen to Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, and many lesser known inhabitants and visitors to the colony. Even some of today's actors tell about their roles as craftspeople and "residents"...more
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Listen to Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, and many lesser known inhabitants and visitors to the colony. Even some of today's actors tell about their roles as craftspeople and "residents" of Colonial Williamsburg.

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In the Classroom

Use these podcasts to introduce events (and even technology innovations of the times) from Colonial Williamsburg to your students. Listen together, or create a link to the podcast on classroom computers. Instead of sharing a written response to information learned on the podcast, have cooperative learning groups create their own podcasts demonstrating their understanding of one of the concepts. Use a site such as podOmatic, reviewed here. For younger students, after listening to a podcast, you may want to challenge students to reflect on their learning and what they would like to learn more about using a tool such as Flipgrid One, reviewed here.

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Life in Williamsburg - Colonial Williamsburg

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A remarkable history resource for all ages. If you can't make the journey to Colonial Williamsburg in person, this site provides detailed descriptions of life in the era. Explore Williamsburg...more
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A remarkable history resource for all ages. If you can't make the journey to Colonial Williamsburg in person, this site provides detailed descriptions of life in the era. Explore Williamsburg clothing, politics, food, religion, and more through detailed articles, photos, lessons plans and through virtual tours.

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Share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector as an introduction to this unit or as review. Allow students to explore the site further individually or in cooperative learning groups. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their understanding of one of the concepts. Use a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here).

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Colonial Williamsburg

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