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Succeeding in the New World:
Colonial America
Engineering Portfolio
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Explore the Colonies
As you read about each settlement in the slideshow, fill out the column for that
settlement on the chart below. If you are unable to find the information, write “Not
Known” in the box. (Note that the chart continues on the following page).
Colonial Settlements
Category
Roanoke
Jamestown
Plymouth
New
Amsterdam
Physical
Geography
Climate
Crops Planted
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Explore the Colonies (continued)
Category
Roanoke
Jamestown
Plymouth
New
Amsterdam
Key Economic
Activities
Challenges
Faced
Accomplishments
Population
Changes (Growth
or Decline) and
Causes
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Describe a Settlement
What did you learn about early settlements from reading the four case studies? Use the
space below to write a summary of the successes and failures colonists had while trying
to meet their needs.
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Research Features of Your Region
Discuss with your classmates the key advantages and disadvantages of the geography
near your proposed settlement. Use these decision trees to take notes on the
advantages and disadvantages of your settlement site.
Landforms and Bodies of Water
Advantages
Disadvantages
Climate
Advantages
Disadvantages
Soil
Advantages
Disadvantages
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Research Features of Your Region (continued)
Plants
Advantages
Disadvantages
Animals
Advantages
Disadvantages
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Criteria for a Successful Settlement
Think about what you learned about other successful and unsuccessful settlements.
Complete the mind map on the following page or complete the table on page 8 by listing
five key criteria for a successful settlement and the justification for the criteria.
Here is a sample criterion and its justification:
Justification
Without fresh water, colonists will become sick and many may
die. In Jamestown, many colonists became sick from drinking
salty water and died.
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Criteria for a Successful Settlement (continued)
Mind Map
Print this page and write five key criteria for a successful settlement and the justification
for the criteria in the circles.
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Criteria for a Successful Settlement (continued)
Table (Alternative to Mind Map on page 8)
Criteria
Justification
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Overview of Coordinate Grids
Print this page and locate each coordinate on the grid and place a dot to mark the
location of the coordinate. The first coordinate (3, 7) has been done for you.
Coordinates
x
y
3
7
2
9
4
4
6
3
2
8
9
5
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Overview of Coordinate Grids (continued)
Locate each symbol on the grid and identify the x- and y- coordinates for the location of
the symbol. The library symbol has been done for you.
Symbol Name
Symbol
Coordinates (x, y)
Library
(3, 6)
Hospital
Super Market
School
Town Hall
Gas Station
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Build Your Settlement
STEP 1: Prepare for Your Journey
Identify items to take and build a settlement. Enter the quantity of each supply kit from
the list. Your supplies cannot exceed 10,000 pounds. To calculate the total weight for
each supply kit, multiply the quantity times the pounds for each kit. Finally, add all of the
values in the Total Weight column together to ensure that the weight of your supplies is
less than 10,000 pounds.
Supply Kit
Supply Kit for 100 Colonists (15 families and 25 single men)
Quantity
Total
Weight
Household Kit (150 pounds): This kit includes building tools,
hunting tools, warm clothes, light-weight clothes and cooking
utensils. It satisfies household needs for building and living in 5
homes. One home would accommodate a family of 3 - 5
individuals.
Leader Household Kit (75 pounds): This kit includes building
tools, hunting tools, warm clothes, light-weight clothes, cooking
utensils, trading items and writing instruments. It satisfies
household needs for building and living in one home for the
leader of the colony and his family (3 - 5 individuals).
Doctor Kit (75 pounds): This kit includes building tools, warm
clothes, light-weight clothes, cooking utensils and medical
supplies. It satisfies household needs for building and living in
one home for the doctor of the colony and his family (3 - 5
individuals).
Church/School Kit (100 pounds): This kit includes building
tools, bibles, books and school materials. It satisfies the needs for
building one church/schoolhouse to meet the spiritual and
educational needs of the community.
Storeroom Kit (400 pounds): This kit includes building tools,
emergency tools and food rations. It satisfies the needs for
building one storeroom and enough supplies for six months for
half of the population.
Livestock Kit (1,500 pounds): This kit includes 1 cow or 5
goats, and it satisfies the needs for building and maintaining 2
paddocks/livestock enclosures. Two paddocks can support up to
16 families for the year.
Farming Kit (300 pounds): This kit includes seeds and tools for
planting crops such as wheat, beans and corn. It satisfies the
needs for planting and maintaining 5 crop fields that would feed
20 people for a year.
Gardening Kit (50 pounds): This kit includes seeds and tools for
planting vegetables and herbs. It satisfies the needs for planting
and maintaining 5 vegetable gardens that would provide
vegetables and herbs for 20 people for a year.
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Build Your Settlement
STEP 2: Design Your Settlement
HOMES
Use the Colonial America Settlement Builder to identify locations for your homes. You
may also draw symbols on the grid map shown below.
Note that each home symbol on the map represents 5 homes.
Record the coordinates where each set of homes is located.
For example:
Homes
(3, 4)
(6, 5)
(9, 7)
Record your information in the spaces below. Note that some spaces may remain blank
depending on how many sets of homes you have.
Homes
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Build Your Settlement
STEP 2: Design Your Settlement
LEADER’S HOME
Use the Colonial America Settlement Builder to identify a location for your leader’s
home(s). You may also draw symbols on the grid map shown below.
Note that each leader’s home symbol on the map represents 1 leader’s home.
Record the coordinates where each leader’s home is located.
Record your information in the spaces below. Note that some spaces may remain blank.
Leader
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Build Your Settlement
STEP 2: Design Your Settlement
DOCTOR’S HOME
Use the Colonial America Settlement Builder to identify a location for your doctor’s
home(s). You may also draw symbols on the grid map shown below.
Note that each doctor’s home symbol on the map represents 1 doctor’s home.
Record the coordinates where each doctor’s home is located.
Record your information in the spaces below. Note that some spaces may remain blank.
Doctor
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Build Your Settlement
STEP 2: Design Your Settlement
CHURCH/SCHOOL
Use the Colonial America Settlement Builder to identify a location for your
church/school(s). You may also draw symbols on the grid map shown below.
Note that each church/school symbol on the map represents 1 church/school.
Record the coordinates where each church/school is located.
Record your information in the spaces below. Note that some spaces may remain blank.
School
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Build Your Settlement
STEP 2: Design Your Settlement
STOREROOM
Use the Colonial America Settlement Builder to identify a location for your storeroom(s).
You may also draw symbols on the grid map shown below.
Note that each storeroom symbol on the map represents 1 storeroom.
Record the coordinates where each storeroom is located.
Record your information in the spaces below. Note that some spaces may remain blank.
Storeroom
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Build Your Settlement
STEP 2: Design Your Settlement
PADDOCKS
Use the Colonial America Settlement Builder to identify a location for your paddocks.
You may also draw symbols on the grid map shown below.
Note that each paddock symbol on the map represents 2 paddocks.
Record the coordinates where each set of paddocks is located.
Record your information in the spaces below. Note that some spaces may remain blank.
Paddock
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Build Your Settlement
STEP 2: Design Your Settlement
CROP FIELDS
Use the Colonial America Settlement Builder to identify a location for your crop fields.
You may also draw symbols on the grid map shown below.
Note that each crop field symbol on the map represents 5 crop fields.
Record the coordinates where each set of crop fields is located.
Record your information in the spaces below. Note that some spaces may remain blank.
Field
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Build Your Settlement
STEP 2: Design Your Settlement
VEGETABLE GARDENS
Use the Colonial America Settlement Builder to identify a location for your vegetable
gardens. You may also draw symbols on the grid map shown below.
Note that each vegetable garden symbol on the map represents 5 vegetable gardens.
Record the coordinates where each set of vegetable gardens is located.
Record your information in the spaces below. Note that some spaces may remain blank.
Garden
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Build Your Settlement
STEP 3: Face Your Challenge
The American colonies faced many challenges, including those caused by natural
disasters. Click the SPIN button in the Settlement Builder to see which natural disaster
will strike your settlement. Record the result of the spin below.
Which disaster struck your colony?
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Build Your Settlement
STEP 4: Test Your Settlement
Click the Test button in the Settlement Builder to see the impact of this disaster on your
settlement.
Describe how the disaster impacted your colony.
Did you make decisions for locations of structures based on geographic
characteristics?
Will your settlement be able to rebuild and survive off of what was not destroyed?
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If I knew then what I know now...
Brainstorm: Idea Web
Brainstorm for your informational column by filling the idea web with the advice you
would give new colonists, or you may choose to record your ideas in the blank space on
the next page. Next, as a group, decide which five pieces of advice to include in your
column.
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If I knew then what I know now...
Brainstorm: Ideas (Alternative to Idea Web on page 23)
In the space below, record your ideas for advice you would give new colonists.
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If I knew then what I know now...
Organize Information
Gather and organize information for your column by working with your group to
complete this table. As a group, decide which five pieces of advice to include.
Piece of advice
Supporting
evidence from
readings
Supporting
evidence from
simulation
Supporting visual
evidence (images,
graphs, etc.)
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If I knew then what I know now...
Write Your Informational Column
Use this page to write your rough draft of your column. Be sure to note any images or
graphs that you will use in your final text. If more pages for writing are needed, you may
use the additional blank pages at the end of this portfolio.
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If I knew then what I know now...
Revise
Revise your column. Reread the column and think about the following:
Does your writing make sense? Are you missing any important pieces of
information?
Do you include five pieces of advice?
Do you back up your advice with evidence from your experiences and your
reading?
Do you include images or graphs?
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Edit
Edit your Informational Column. Reread the column and think about the following:
Do you have any misspelled words?
Are all of your sentences complete sentences?
Do you have punctuation at the end of each sentence?
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Publish
Now you are ready to publish. Type your column or rewrite it neatly. Include your
images and graphs.
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