Early Settlements in America

A RAFT Bin of Ideas for Fifth Graders

When you have finished your Settlements Booklet, choose one of the following activities to extend your thinking and learning. Enjoy!

One of the Explorers
Send a message to _______
Describe a problem you have encountered. How could this person help you solve the problem? Your letter should indicate problems that were similar to early US settlements' difficulties.
The teacher's students

Set up a timeline that you can put around your classroom for when different settlements began.

Then include a paragraph that tells about what you realized when you looked at your data.


Pick two of the settlements to zoom in on and compare and contrast.

5 year old

Historical fiction picture book with illustrations

Tell what life was like in the ___colony. After reading, the child will know enough about the colony to compare ideas to her/his life today.
A person thinking of immigrating to America
A list
Make a list to compare and contrast two colonies to which you are thinking of moving. Have at least ten items to compare and contrast. Choose one of them based on your list. Then, write a paragraph on why you chose the one you did.
11 Year Old Person

Create pages of a diary. Include:
•How I felt about leaving my homeland
•Hardship of the journey
•What it was like when I arrived here
•How I am adjusting
•How life is different here

Native American
Leader of the colony
Write a speech telling the colony leader: You are impacting our lives in these ways since you arrived...My people need you to...
Your classmates
Determine what would be needed for a well-functioning settlement. Draw a map of your ideas or illustrate important features of an early settlement.
An Illustrator
A child
A set of paper dolls

Create a male and female paper doll (approx. 12") on heavy paper which could be cut out and played with. Create and color two sets of clothing original to the era for your paper dolls.

Then in a paragraph describe materials settlers used, how they made colors and fabric, and where they found supplies.

Click here to see an example of a later era's paper doll.

January, 2012