13 Colonies


You will be completing this webquest to find information to convince others to come to your hotel in your colony! You are a hotel owner and you want more business. There are tons of people coming over from England in search for a place to stay.

What's your mission???

Your mission is to convince new settlers to stay in your colony. You will do this by completing graphic organizers, choosing which colony you want your hotel in and making a brochure, pamphlet, newspaper article or powerpoint to convince people to come to your colony! These new settlers want to know as much information as possible because this is a life changing event!

How long do you have???

This webquest is to take you 3 days (one day per colony). On the 4th and 5th day you will be preparing your final product. On days 6 and 7 you will be presenting your VERY persuasive speech to our class. They will want to see your final product, so make it pretty. After all presenters have gone, students will vote on where they want to live!


The task for the week is to create a brochure, pamphlet, or newspaper article about your colony. You will also need to identify and discover lots of facts about the thirteen original colonies. This will enable you to explain why your colony would be the best choice for when the new settlers are deciding where to move to from England. These travelers have specific reasons for moving to America and you need to show them why the colony that you have a hotel in would best meet these reasons. At the end of the week, your product should include the following:


  • Six completed graphic organizers about the Southern, Middle, and New England colonies. (see process page)


  •  Brochure, pamphlet, newspaper article or powerpoint



  •  Be ready to convince other people of why they should come to your hotel. This will include showing your final product and giving them all the details about your colony (weather, location, industry, relgion, etc).

Before you begin view the following clip:



 On each day you are going to receive the documents of that day. There are 2 print outs each day. On day three you should have 6 total print outs of graphic organizers. On the first three days of this WebQuest, you will be researching information about the colonies. You must use one of each of the links in the categories (visual and auditory). To keep organized and stay on track, use the following timelines. This will help make sure that your finished product is completed by day five.

On the sheet provided you need to write the date that ou used the site, the authors name and the website you used. 

Keep the bibliography with you, this is a part of your grade.

Day One       Research the New England Colonies and complete both graphic organizer.

Day Two      Research the Middle Colonies and complete both graphic organizer.

Day Three    Research the Southern Colonies and complete both graphic organizer.

Day Four      Organize Information to be included in the brochure/pamphlet/newspaper article.

Day Five       Create the brochure/pamphlet/newspaper article about your colony.

Day Six          Presentations to class

Day Seven    Presentations to class

Day One:

You will be provided graphic organizers for use of videos and websites. You only have 1 video to watch each day. After that you can choose two of the websites to do some more research. Remember to log the websites and videos ino your bibliography!


New England Video








Interactive website:




Day Two:

You will provided graphic organizers for use of videos and websites. You only have 1 video to watch each day. After that you can choose two of the websites to do some more research. Remember to log the video and websites into your bibliography!


Middle Colonies Video









Interactive Websites:




Day Three:

You will be provided graphic organizers for use of videos and websites. You only have 1 video to watch each day. After that you can choose two of the websites to do some more research. Remember to log your videos and websites into your bibliography!


Southern Colonies Video









Interactive Websites:





Day Four:

On day four you need to decide which colony your hotel will be located in and why people should stay at your hotel in the colony. Remember you want business so you need to convince people. For this assignment you are going to be convincing students in our class. They will want to know the good and the bad characteristics of your colony [we want to be honest business people ]


Day Five:

Last minute work session. At the end of the class you will turn in all of your work. This will include your 6 graphic organizers, bibliography page, and your final product.

Day's Six and Seven:

You will be presenting your final product to our class and they will vote on the colony they would like to stay at. Keep in mind the presentation is what you are graded on, not the vote turnout.  


For extra knowledge:

Play 13 colonies hangman


Play a matching game


Play a scavenger hunt (make sure you scroll all the way down)


Gain freedom game


Play 13 colonies maze



This is how your work will be evaluated. 28 points = 100!

Completed Graphic Organizers Not all graphic organizers are turned in. Overall wrong information. Not turned in on time.  Not all of the graphic organizers are turned in. Some information is not there. Not turned in on time All 6 of the graphic organizers are turned in. The graphic organizer does not contain all the information. Is turned in on time. All 6 of the graphic Organizers are turned in. The information demonstrates knowledge that the child understands. Is turned in on time  
Bibliography Did not do the bibliography.  Most of the information is missing on the bibliography. Some information is missing on the bibliogrpahy. Bibliography is completed. Specified the date, author and websites used.  
Final product Did not turn in final product  Some inforamtion is correct. Turned in on time. Not convincing. All information is correct. Turned in on time. Somewhat convincing. All information is correct. Turned in on time. Very convincing!  
Final presentation Did not present to the 4th grade class.  Quiet speaking voice. Some eye contact. Not prepared well for presentation. Moderate speaking voice. lost some eye contact. Presentation was minimal and somewhat persuasive. Great speaking voice, good eye contact. Made presentation exciting and persuasive.  
Time management Off task. Late itmes. Sometimes off task. Everything was not in on time. Sometimes off task. Turned everything in on time. Stayed on task throughout the week. Turned everything in on time  
Content Content contains 4 or more inaccurate facts about the colonies Content contains 3-4 inaccurate facts about the colonies Most of inforamtion is accurate about the colonies

Content was completely accurate about the colonies.

Organization No organization skills  Lost items along the way Lost a few items along the way, but made things work Great organization skills. Had everything they needed.  


  After completing this WebQuest:

  • You will have a better understanding of the thirteen original colonies.


  • You will also be able to know more about how the different colonies were developed and how each colony grew into very distinct regions.


  • You will also be able to describe the geography, culture, industries, and religion of each region. You will be able to give a thoughtful persuasive speech.


All videos and websites for each section of the 13 colonies.


· New England

o http://americanhistory.about.com/library/charts/blcolonial13.htm


o http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/articles/ushistory/13colonies2.htm

o http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/graphics/13mapnew.htm

o http://www.kidinfo.com/american_history/colonization_ne_colonies.html

o http://www.ushistory.org/us/3.asp

o http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ScZh2-QLOE

· Middle

o http://americanhistory.about.com/library/charts/blcolonial13.htm


o http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/articles/ushistory/13colonies2.htm

o http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/graphics/13mapnew.htm

o http://www.kidinfo.com/american_history/colonization_mid_colonies.html

o http://www.ushistory.org/us/4.asp

o http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yw9pw8rIDlU&feature=relmfu

· South

o http://americanhistory.about.com/library/charts/blcolonial13.htm


o http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/articles/ushistory/13colonies2.htm

o http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/graphics/13mapnew.htm

o http://akidsheart.com/holidays/july4/hm13col.htm


o http://mrkash.com/activities/colonies.html

o http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/curiosity/topics/thirteen-original-colonies-quiz.htm

o http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAZ8QJgFHOg

o http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfoQBTPY7gk

o http://www.softschools.com/social_studies/13_colonies_map/

o http://mrnussbaum.com/13colonies/13int/

o http://mrnussbaum.com/13colonies/13intscav/

o http://library.thinkquest.org/TQ0312848/13colonieshome.htm

o http://www.mapletreelearning.com/stamphistory/first13colonies.html

Teacher Introduction

  This webquest will help teachers evaluate their students' knowledge about the original 13 colonies. The goal of this webquest is to have all students gain an understanding of life in the colonies. They will choose which colony to locate their hotel and convince other colonists to stay there. Students will research the colonies and pick one to create a brochure, pamphlet, newspaper article or powerpoint that will try to persuade settlers from England to move to their colony. The students will also give a pursuasive speech to practice their public speaking.


I created this webquest to be a suitor for all types of learners. That is why I incorporate videos for the auditory learners and websites for the visual learner. I also used interactive websites for kinesthetic learners. I understand that every child learns differently. So I made this webquest for every type of learner.