The Roanoke and Jamestown Colonies ~ Early American History

The Roanoke and Jamestown Colonies were the first English colonies in the new world. The people of Roanoke Colony ultimately vanished into history. Their fate is still being deliberated today with some believing their were killed while others believe they went to live with the Indians. The Jamestown Colony had a rough start, but didn’t disappear like their southern companions. Jamestown has the accompanying story of John Smith and Pocahontas.

America’s Story Part 1: A Living History of Our World
by Angela O’Dell

Living History gave us a brief overview of the story of Jamestown and Pocahontas.

by Ingri & Edgar Parin D’Aulaire
from Beautiful Feet Books

This is another winner from the D’Aulaire collection of children’s biographical books. It tells the story of the life of Pocahontas and her relationship with the colonists at Jamestown. She was a very brave young girl who did what was right for her people and the settlers.

The Roanoke Colony

The Roanoke Colony has been lost to time. Some think they went to live with the Indians, while others think they were killed. The evidence is scarce either way.

We played a game I found online about the lost colony. It can be found here. The game itself was ok, but the card pile had questions that were very difficult for first grade.

The Jamestown Fort

We built a little fort out of foam, popsicle sticks, paint, and plant clippings.

The kids had a lot of fun building the fence.

Then we assembled the houses out of the notched popsicle sticks and rafia for the roof.

The fort was populated with a few Lego characters and animals.

John Smith had a meeting to attend to with the Indians.

Making Waddle and Daub Houses

The colonists constructed their houses using a Waddle and Daub type of construction. Basically, that consists of setting posts, weaving thinner boards around the posts, and covering it with a mud and straw mixture.

J cut a large broken limb into several sections to make the posts.

We didn’t have a place to construct our house except on the driveway, so the kids made sure the foundation was firm by building mud up around the posts.

Once it dried, they were able to weave the thin boards around the posts.

and finally cover with the mud mixture.


Disney Pocahontas Movies
I was really not impressed with Pocahontas I or II. The story was inaccurate and I kept pointing them out to the kids and explaining what really happened. The best take away from the movie was that they did portray Pocahontas as a brave girl who stood up for what was right.

Animated Hero Classics
A much better movie than the Disney version, this Pocahontas story was very accurate and well done. There is also an activity book that goes with it. You can watch the video here.

The Timeline Book

J updated his timeline book through Jamestown with pictures we found on the internet. We are using the book from Homeschool in the Woods.

See our other American History units:
The Vikings
Christopher Columbus & The Explorers
The Roanoke & Jamestown Colonies
The Plymouth Colony
The Revolutionary War
Slavery in America
The Civil War

Author: Olivia

I am a mom and a homeschooling teacher of two little ones. I am also a Biblical Studies major with a hobby in Creation Science. I love to research Biblical topics and how science and the Bible live in harmony with each other. I learn beside my children when we read, build, and explore with the help of our glorious classroom - God's green Earth!

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