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Exploration: Then and Now - Settlement Lesson

First page of the Settlement Lesson of the Exploration: Then and Now educational module

Product Type: Lesson Plan/Activity
Audience: Educators, Informal Education
Grade Levels: 6-8
Publication Year: 2006
Product Number: EG-2006-09-25-LaRC
Subjects: Mathematics, Earth Science, General Science, Space Science

This lesson will help your students answer the question:
How do an area's location, soil and weather affect settlement?

In this lesson, students will
- Look for patterns in the location of New World colonies.
- Plot the Apollo landings on the moon and identify lunar surface features of each landing site.
- Make correlations between rainfall and mortality in Jamestown from 1604 through 1615.
- Based upon tree rings, interpret and make inferences about rainfall.
- Gather data on space radiation shielding by observing a flashlight beam as it shines through different materials.
- Compare samples of the Earth's soil with simulated lunar regolith.
- Investigate the effects of micrometeoroid bombardment on simulated lunar regolith formation.
- Make inferences about properties of simulated lunar regolith based upon observations.
- Compare the differences in challenges faced by 17th-century and 21st-century explorers.

Settlement Lesson [5MB PDF file]

The educational module Exploration: Then and Now examines four themes and compares exploration of the past and present. The module focuses on the settlement of Jamestown, the first permanent English-speaking colony in the New World, and NASA's plans to return to the moon and reach for Mars. Each lesson consists of several student activities.

Also in this series:
Cover and Introduction
Follow the Water
Human Needs

All components of the modules are available from the Jamestown Journey website.

Page Last Updated: January 5th, 2015
Page Editor: Flint Wild