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The New England Colonies - Graphic Organizer

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Google Slide, PDF | 1 page | Grades: 3 - 6

Organize your students’ thoughts and knowledge of the original thirteen colonies with a graphic organizer.

What are the New England Colonies? 

The 13 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 New England colonies were the northernmost of the colonies: These included

  • New Hampshire, 
  • Massachusetts, 
  • Rhode Island, 
  • and Connecticut

This resource was created to accompany our New England Colonies Instructional Slide Deck. It follows the pacing therein, and provides students with places to record the climate, growing and harvesting crops, supplies and tools, education, and social life in the New England colonies..

Climate of the New England Colonies and More! 

Living in the New England colonies was no walk in the park! It was difficult and often inhospitable. 

Through our slide deck, and this accompanying organizer, students will explore colonial America and see 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 labeled map of the New England colonies and record answers to the following questions

  • What were the New England colonies?
  • How did the New England Colonies make money?
  • What did the New England colonies produce?
  • What was life like in the New England colonies?
  • What was the climate like in the New England colonies?
  • What was education like in the New England 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 on the organizer.
  • Provide students with sentence stems or sentence frames to guide them through the note-taking process.

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Use the dropdown on the download button to select the Google Slides or PDF version of this resource.


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