Colonial America

The Colony of Connecticut

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The colony of Connecticut was instrumental in the formation of the United States. Connecticut was the birthplace of some of the most important patriots of the American Revolution, including Nathan Hale, who was a famous patriot spy. As readers explore the history of Connecticut during its time as a British colony, they also learn about topics relevant to social studies curricula, such as the French and Indian War and the protests against British taxation.

The Colony of Connecticut

Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison (Unabridged)

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Twelve-year-old Mary Jemison took for granted her peaceful days on her family's farm in eastern Pennsylvania. But on a spring day in 1758, something happened that changed her life forever.

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800L
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07:18
Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison (Unabridged)

Mission US: For Crown or Colony?

“For Crown or Colony?” puts players in the shoes of Nat Wheeler, a printer’s apprentice in 1770 Boston. They encounter both Patriots and Loyalists, and when rising tensions result in the Boston Massacre, they must choose where their loyalties lie.

Colonial Williamsburg

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This web site includes information not only about the village of Colonial Williamsburg, but also American history and what life was like in the colonial and revolutionary times. Interactive games for kids bring history to life!

About Face: Copley's Portrait of a Colonial Silversmith

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Curriculum ideas centered around the Portrait of a Colonial Silversmith by John Singleton Copley, housed at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY. Teachers will have to wade through some repetitive info and the occasional broken link to find useful ideas, but the concept fits perfectly within the 4th grade Interdependent Roles in Colonial Times Module.

Music of the American Colonies

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"A fine sampling of the diverse musical traditions found in the American colonies." — John D. Barrows, manager of music and dance, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

1.   One Misty Moisty Morning (4:09)
       vocals, baroque guitar, whistle, violin, hammered dulcimer

2.   A Tobacco Song (1:57)
       vocal, hammered dulcimer

3.   Gathering Peascods (2:09)
       violin, whistle, hammered dulcimer, baroque guitar

Colonial America Collection

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This collection contains books about colonial life and times. Includes information about growing up, about tradespeople, and about different historical towns.

Content and level is appropriate for 4th grade curriculum.

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My Brother Sam Is Dead (Unabridged)

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This young adult novel, which successfully captures the pain of the Revolutionary War, is a fine example of historical fiction. The American Revolution was a war that divided families (English loyalists versus eager Patriots) and one of the families being torn apart is the Meeker family.

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770L
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04:31
My Brother Sam Is Dead (Unabridged)

Torn: The Missing Book 4 (Unabridged)

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Critically acclaimed author Margaret Peterson Haddix's fourth tale from her popular Missing series finds Jonah and Katherine hurtled through time to 1611. Landing aboard Henry Hudson's ship in James Bay just before a mutiny, Jonah and Katherine struggle to survive brutal weather conditions. They also realize something is wrong.

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710L
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08:45
Torn: The Missing Book 4 (Unabridged)

Forge (Unabridged)

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The young soldiers at Valley Forge are suffering from hunger, cold, and the threat of the British army. Their newly forged bonds of friendship might be enough to help them survive. But the chains of Curzon's past threaten to shackle him again.

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820L
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07:46
Forge (Unabridged)

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