The New England Colonies

Contributor: Meghan Vestal. Lesson ID: 10967

Know what "Rhode Island" means? Is there an "Old" Hampshire? Mr. Zoller's video and an online interactive scavenger hunt help you start your Colonial Regions slideshow project in this 5-part series!


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Auditory, Visual
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Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5), Middle School (6-8)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

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You probably already know that the settlement at Plymouth was settled by pilgrims who left England seeking religious freedom.

  • Did you know the other New England colonies were mostly established by settlers who left Massachusetts seeking religious freedom?

In this first Related Lesson of the series, Colonial Regions: How the 13 Colonies Got Their Start, you will learn about the history of the New England colonies.

Today, you will learn about the New England colonies.

The New England colonies began at Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1620, and consisted of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New Hampshire. Let's take some time to investigate each of these colonies to learn about their history and what daily life was like in this region.

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Draw the following chart on a piece of paper:

Colony Year Founded Founder Reason Founded Colonial Region Major Products & Industries


Fill in each of the sections on the chart as you watch Mr. Zoller's Thirteen Colonies: the New England Colonies:

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You can also find additional information on Social Studies for Kids' The Thirteen American Colonies: Characteristics of the Colonies.

Make sure to keep your chart nearby because you will add on to it during the Related Lessons in the series, found in the right-hand sidebar.

What did you find most interesting about each of the colonies? Share your thoughts with a friend or family member.

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