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The Southern Colonies Instructional Slide Deck

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Google Slide | 1 page | Grades: 3 - 5

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

What are the Southern 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 southernmost colonies: These included

  • Virginia
  • Maryland
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Georgia

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

Climate of the Southern Colonies and More! 

Life in the Southern colonies was a breeze in comparison to life in the other colonies. These colonies were some of the most successful of the original thirteen colonies.

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 Southern colonies and learn

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

Use the download button to download the Google Slides version of this resource.


Don’t stop there! We’ve got more activities and resources to help you teach about the New England, Southern, and Middle Colonies.

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

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