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The Middle Colonies Instructional Slide Deck

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Google Slide | 1 page | Grades: 3 - 6

Guide your students on a trip through American history with an instructional slide deck depicting life in the Middle Colonies.

What are the Middle Colonies? 

The thirteen original colonies of North America that later became the United States of America can be divided into three geographic areas: the New England, Middle, and Southern colonies. The Southern colonies were the centrally located colonies: These included

  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • Delaware

Exploring the past through images and text, this unique slide show presentation depicts life in the middle colonies including the climate, growing and harvesting crops, supplies and tools, education, and social life.

Climate of the Middle Colonies and More! 

Living in the Middle colonies wasn’t easy, but it was definitely better than hanging out in the New England colonies! They were much more hospitable and settlers of this region had an easier time starting anew.

Through this slide deck, students explore the region’s natural environment and how it shaped the lives of settlers, Native Americans, and immigrants. Students will examine different types of farming and learn how they grew food in these colonies. They’ll also understand how supplies were acquired in these colonies and what role each person played within the community. 

With this slide deck, your students will analyze a map of the Middle colonies and learn

  • What were the Middle colonies?
  • How did the Middle Colonies make money?
  • What did the Middle colonies produce?
  • What was life like in the Middle colonies?
  • What was the climate like in the Middle colonies?
  • What was education like in the Middle colonies?

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource to support your American History lessons. 

If you have a mixture of above and below-level learners, check out these suggestions for keeping students on track with the concepts: 

🆘 Support Struggling Students

Help students who need help understanding the concepts by 

  • Teach the slide deck concepts in short, 10-15 minute instructional segments, allowing your students to talk, process, and record their learning using one of our Colonial America worksheets or graphic organizers.
  • Provide students with trade books or short articles about the colonies for reference during the activity.

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

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