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For Each Interactive

Tour the Growing Colony

  • Before beginning work on the interactive, you may want to review these vocabulary terms.
  • Remember to share the information in the Help Section prior to starting the activity. Students can read and listen on-line, or you could print copies to read before, during, and after their work with this interactive.
  • Site visitors can go back in time to tour St. Mary's City in 1685 through this interactive. The colony, now just over 50 years old, has become a center of great social and commercial activity. As they tour, visitors can click on markers to learn more about the growing colony. Remind students that they can:
    • Drag and drop information boxes that appear when site markers are clicked.
    • Follow the links in each information box to find out more information and see video clips featuring historical interpreters. Video clip transcripts are also available for students to read as they listen to the video. Finally, the text is narrated, so students have the option of listening while they read.
    • Make sure to print the location overview. This document is a teacher's guide to the information that can be read, heard or seen in each location.
  • An After Reading instructional strategy could focus on summarizing the important buildings on the site map. You can use the shell map to assess how well students understood the "tour" of the colony. Copy and distribute the shell map. Direct students to write one sentence explaining the function of each building.
  • With the pop-up information accessible at Marker 14, Cordea's Hope, students could work in cooperative groups to show how to purchase goods from the store, using a copy of a counting board like that used in both video clips. Beans or pennies could be used as jetons.
  • Students might portray the characters they meet in the interactive, develop a script, and practice reading their parts as actual 17th century characters to promote fluency.

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