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Age of Exploration / Colonial Life

Written by Cadence M., Ellie Y., and MielaEL M. (5th Grade Students)

The beginning of the Age of Exploration started in the late 1300s and early 1400s when Prince Henry built his School of Navigation. Explorers discovered the land in which we now live. The early colonists arrived at Plymouth Rock on the ship called the Mayflower. Guided and taught by generous Native Americans, the pilgrims founded the 13 Colonies, and in doing so, the colonial period had begun.

The colonial period was America’s great stride in architecture. The colonists built communities, governments, schools, churches, and what they built made America a great nation. They thrived through raising their farm animals and cultivating their many crops. They built wells of water and traded with one another. They innovated strong structures for their houses and pioneered sturdy roofs and warm fireplaces. If these first colonists had not been here, we would not know many of the things we know now. We can thank the Native Americans, pilgrims, and colonists for all the things they have taught us.

Below are pieces to be included in the 5th graders mini exhibit of Colonial America, showcasing the homes, worship space, and learning environment specific to this time period.

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