13 Colonies Free Map Worksheet and Lesson
Can your students locate the 13 Colonies on a map? In this straightforward lesson, students will learn the names and locations of the 13 colonies. They will also group the colonies into regions: New England, Middle, and Southern.
This is a great way to kick off your 13 Colonies unit. Enjoy!
(Don’t forget to download the FREE worksheet at the end of the blog post)
13 Colonies Lesson Plan
1. Introduce the geography of the 13 American Colonies with a video. Get links to my five favorite 13 Colonies videos here .
2. Show students a modern map of the United States like this one. Ask them to locate the 13 Colonies.
Point out the states that were original 13 Colonies. Identify the areas around the colonies (ex: Atlantic Ocean to the east, Canada to the North, Florida to the South, etc).
You may assume students know the location of the 13 Colonies, and some will. But chances are, many won’t!
3. Pass out the 13 Colonies worksheets. Ask students to…
Label the Atlantic Ocean and draw a compass rose
Label each colony
Color each region a different color and create a key
Here are some online resources that students can use to complete their maps:
4. Early Finisher Ideas:
Recall: Early finishers use their filled out worksheets to play this online map quiz game.
Higher level thinking: Early finishers choose one colony to “zoom in” on and learn more about. Students analyze a map of one colony using this worksheet from the National Archives. The Library of Congress has a collection of maps from the Colonial Era which you can access here.
Want a FREE 13 Colonies Timeline Lesson?
In this lesson, students place the colonies in order of settlement on a timeline. They also learn about who founded each colony and their reasons for settlement.
This activity includes task cards which will get your students out of their seats! I’ve also included a reflection sheet for early finishers.
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If you need more help teaching about the 13 colonies, my 3-week unit has been used by thousands of teachers and is one of my best-selling resources. Your students will love the Jamestown simulation where they make decisions that will determine their survival.
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