Colonial New England

Colonial Maps and Motivations
Visit the Osher Map Library and learn how the competitors for land in present day New England saw and mapped the landscape and its resources.

Grade Levels: 3-12

Time Allotment: 40-50 minutes for classroom visits; 75-90 minutes for field trips

Maine Social Studies Standards:
   C1: Economic Knowledge, Concepts, Themes, and Patterns
   C2: Individual, Cultural, International, and Global Connections in Economics
   D1: Geographic Knowledge, Concepts, Themes, and Patterns
   E1: Historical Knowledge, Concepts, Themes, and Patterns
   E2: Individual, Cultural, International, and Global Connections in History

Pre-Teaching

Intended to be completed in the classroom before the scheduled field trip or class visit, the pre-teaching activity will give students some familiarity with the terms, ideas, and visuals, that they will see during the actual visit.

PDF Colonial Competition Workbook
PDF Answer Key

Guided Inquiry Exercise

During this portion of the visit, students will be asked to look closely at twelve to twenty maps that fit within the curriculum theme. Each student will need to find: (1) something they recognize from previous class lessons or from the pre-teaching activity (2) something they find interesting and want to point out to their classmates; (3) something they would like to know more about.

Examples of Items Used:
(Set of maps will likely vary from visit to visit)

Interactive Activity

OML curriculum themes have optional hands-on activities or group-games that can be done in conjunction with the Guided Inquiry exercise.

PDF Resources of Colonial New England Game Board
PDF Resources of Colonial New England Game Cards

INTERESTED?

To schedule, please email Renee Keul at rkeul@usm.maine.edu or fill out a visit request form.

*For large groups or groups with a flexible time frame, take a peek at our related partnership program,
New England & Portland in the Colonial Era with the Tate House Museum.

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