Free 6th Grade European Colonization Of The New World Lesson Plan

Topic: European Colonization of the New World

Objectives & Outcomes

  • Students will be able to understand the motives behind the European colonization of North America, including economic, religious, and political motives.


  • Maps of North America
  • Pictures or video clips of European explorers and colonists
  • Handouts or worksheets with questions and activities related to the topic


  • Ask students if they have ever heard of the European colonization of North America.
  • Ask them to raise their hands if they know why the Europeans colonized North America.
  • Ask a few students to share their answers.

Direct Instruction

  • Show the map of North America and point out the locations of the 13 colonies.
  • Discuss the reasons why Europeans colonized North America, including the search for new trade routes, a desire for adventure, and the desire to spread Christianity.
  • Use the handouts to provide more detailed information about the European colonization of North America.

Guided Practice

  • Have students work in small groups to summarize the information about European colonization of the New World.
  • Have each group present their findings to the class.

Independent Practice

  • Have students create a "colonial calendar" for one year in the New World.
  • Students should include events such as the arrival of ships from Europe, the construction of a fort, and the harvesting of crops.
  • Have students present their calendars to the class.


  • Review the objectives of the lesson.
  • Ask students to reflect on what they have learned about European colonization of the New World.


  • Observe student participation in group discussions and presentations.
  • Evaluate student projects for understanding of the characteristics and impacts of European colonization.

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