This lesson shows how the competitors for land in present day New England saw and mapped the landscape and its resources. This visit theme includes a Resources of New England game in which students collect the resources that native peoples and early settlers used to survive and prosper.
- Grade Levels: 3-12
- Time Allotment: 50 to 60 minutes for classroom visits; 75 to 90 minutes for field trips
- ME Social Studies Standards
- C1: Economic Knowledge, Concepts, Themes, and Patterns
- C2: Individual, Cultural, Internation, and Global Connections in Economics
- D1: Geographic Knowledge, Concepts, Themes, and Patterns
- E1: Historical Knowledge, Concepts, Themes, and Patterns
- E2: Individual, Cultural, Internation, and Global Connections in History
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: Colonization of New England --> Answers
- Optional Worksheets:
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:
- something they recognize from previous class lessons or from the pre-teaching activity
- something they find interesting and want to point out to their classmates
- something they would like to know more about
Examples of Maps Used:
(sets of maps will vary)
- Map Showing Battle Sites of King Philip's War, 1677
- John Smith's Map of New England, 1613-1637
- Map of 'Nieu Nederlandt' with View of 'Nieu Amsterdam', 1651-1730
- 'Beaver' Map of New England, 1732
OML visit themes have recommended hands-on activities or group-games that can be done in conjunction with the Guided Inquiry exercise.
*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.