Unit 1-Pennsylvania's Land and First People

  • Ch1-Lesson 1: Land & Water

    Ch1-Lesson 2: People Arrive

    Ch1-Lesson 3: Early Cultures

    Ch1-Skill: Map Skills                

    • Our studies begin by identifying the five land regions of Pennsylvania and their characteristics.  We discuss how to read a map and explore Pennsylvania's climate, regions, and state symbols. 
    • Students will continue to study Pennsylvania by exploring Native Americans, specifically the Eastern Woodland Indians.  Their migration, organization of tribes, work, housing, money system, transportation, and religion will be discussed.  As Europeans began to settle on the North American continent, attention will be given to the various settlers.

    Ch2-Lesson 1: Explorers and Early Settlers

    Ch2-Lesson 2: William Penn's Colony

    Ch2-Lesson 3: The Colony Grows

    Ch2-Lesson 4: Life in the New Colony

    Ch2-Skill: Use Latitude and Longitude
    • In the late 1600's, William Penn received land in North America from the King of England in order to repay a debt owed to William's father.  A devout Quaker, William did not believe in war or fighting.  Using the land in the "New World" William began the colony of Pennsylvania.  He wanted his fellow colonists to have certain rights including freedom of religion, all people treated equally, and colonists would have a voice in government.  Many ethnic and religious groups moved to Pennsylvania in search of these freedoms.  We will explore the Pennsylvania Dutch colonists.
    • As the colony of Pennsylvania grew settlers wanted more land.  After William Penn died, his sons cheated the Delaware Native Americans out of land in the Walking Purchase.  

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