Grade 5

The 13 Colonies

Empowered Learner
13 colonies


The 13 Colonies is an interactive map that leads the students on a scavenger hunt as they learn about the history and characteristics of the colonies. Students are provided immediate feedback. There are also four extra activities 

Students will:

  • Be able to participate in an interactive map scavenger hunt.
  • Understand the history and characteristics of the 13 Colonies.

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Pilgrim: A pilgrim is a person who journeys to a sacred place for religious reasons.

  2. Quaker: A Quaker is a member of the Christian movement founded by George Fox c. 1650 and devoted to peaceful principles.

  3. Colony: A colony is a place where a group of people settles and work for a common goal.

  4. Territory: A territory is an area of land under the jurisdiction of a ruler or state.

  5. Cash Crop: A cash crop is a crop produced for its commercial value rather than for use by the grower.

To prepare for this lesson:

See Accommodations Page and Charts on the site in the Teacher Resources. 

Directions for this activity:

  1. Log onto The 13 Colonies website. 
  2. Click on one of the 13 Colonies on the interactive map.
  3. Read the passage that is connected to that colony.
  4. Repeat.
  5. When all colonies have been completed take the assessment. Immediate feedback is provided.
  6. Try some of the extended activities.
  7. Have the students watch one or more of the Pre-Planning videos. 


Different options for assessing the students:

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding
  • Create a printed assessment.
  • The teacher and students will have a class discussion.
  • Create or locate a Kahoot on the 13 Colonies.
  • Create Exit Tickets.

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Empowered Learner 
1a. Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.
1b. Students build networks and customize their learning environments in ways that support the learning process.
1c. Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
1d. Students understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies.

Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad 

Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL

App, Extension, or Add-on:

The 13 Colonies website

13 American Colonies Video

13 Colonies for Kids Video


Students do a research report on the 13 Colonies.

Create a map of the 13 Colonies.

This task card was created by Julie Hoehing, Lake Shore Public Schools, February 2020.