The Southern Colonies

Contributor: Meghan Vestal. Lesson ID: 10968

What's the Mason-Dixon line? Why are there two Carolinas? Why is there Georgia? Join Mr. Zoller, fill out a crossword puzzle and continue your slide or book project as you study the Southern colonies!


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

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Today, you will complete the third Related Lesson in the Colonial Regions: How the 13 Colonies Got Their Start series. In the previous Related Lessons, found in the right-hand sidebar, you learned about the New England and Mid-Atlantic colonies. Each colonial region was unique in its primary purpose for establishment, geography, and role in colonial America. You will learn about the five remaining colonies that made up the Southern colonial region.

Get out all the materials you have been building with for each lesson.

Make sure you have the chart with information about each colony, and the visual presentation that you have been creating. You will finish creating each of these pieces today.

Before you begin exploring the Southern colonies, take some time to review your chart and project as a quickre-fresher about the New England and Mid-Atlantic colonies. As you study the final colonial region, be sure to continue comparing and contrasting each of the regions.

The Southern colonies consisted of Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. The Southern colonies were very diverse in their purpose and differed significantly from the other colonies, located to the north. The climate and soil made this region ideal for farming, and the Southern colonies were characterized by large plantations operated by slave labor. The Southern colonies were more involved in military conflict than were the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions because the Spanish often infringed on English territory in the south.

Continue the chart that you used to record information about the New England and Mid-Atlantic colonies. The Southern colonies consisted of five colonies, so you will need to add an additional row for today's lesson.

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 Southern Colonies:

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

Look at the information you recorded today, and compare it to the information you recorded about the New England and Mid-Atlantic colonies. How are the regions alike? How are they different? Since you have now had the opportunity to learn about all 13 colonies, think about which colony interests you the most. What colony would you have wanted to live in? Share your responses with a friend or family member.

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