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The DIY History series, featuring host Patrick Teague with historical interpreters at Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, is inspired by television “do it yourself” shows.  Videos and accompanying activity pages explore the production of products in 17th- and 18th-century America and how these production processes can be applied today.

Color to Dye For Worksheets
DIY Dyeing Worksheet
DIY Dyeing Worksheet 2

Trouble Brewing Worksheets
Trouble Brewing Worksheets

 

DIY – History
DIY – History

Do-It-Yourself videos explore products of the 18th-century.

Trouble is brewing in Britain’s North American colonies!  Join host Patrick as he explores why tea was important during colonial times and how Britain ended up in hot water by taxing it. Then practice brewing your own tea recipes and share them on our Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/historyisfun

Trouble Brewing Worksheets

Trouble Brewing
Trouble Brewing

Trouble is brewing in Britain’s North American colonies!

A Colonial Christmas
A Colonial Christmas

Visit Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown during the holiday season!

Color To Dye For
Color To Dye For

Color is the spice of life, and 18th-century colonists thought so too. Discover the importance of richly colored clothing in colonial times.

The World of 1607 – Cycle Four
The World of 1607 – Cycle Four

The World of 1607 - Cycle Four

The World of 1607 – Cycle Three
The World of 1607 – Cycle Three

The World of 1607 - Cycle Three

A Fruitful Soil
A Fruitful Soil

A series of audio minutes, "Jamestown: A Fruitful Soil," providing a historical overview of the people and events of 17th-century Virginia.

Welcome to our museums
Welcome to our museums

Experience America’s beginnings at Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

I Spy Activity Sheet Espionage abounded during the Revolutionary War.  Join Anna for a spy adventure and then try your hand at using some tools of the trade! Simple Machines Activity Sheet Join Anna and learn how Jamestown settlers got jobs done using simple machines!  Try your hand at identifying, using and making simple and compound machines of your own. Ship Shape! Activity Sheet Board a 17th-century ship with Anna and discover how passengers and crew survived the high seas as they journeyed to Jamestown. Then use the activity sheets to try your hand at being a sailor or passenger! Eat Like a Powhatan Activity Sheet Compare modern and Powhatan cornbread recipes, then learn more about the Powhatan food practices and seasons by playing the 'Powhatan Seasons of Food' matching game. Map It! Activity Sheet Practice using map terms with the John Smith map (as seen in the video) identification activity and by creating your own neighborhood map, then create your own compass. Pick and Pickle Activity Sheet Follow simple recipes to create your own preserved food at home, complete a word search and identify preservation methods in an illustration of 18th-century foods. Drums and Drills Activity Sheet Learn more about Baron von Steuben, a key trainer of the Continental Army, and practice the facing commands taught to Anna using the provided illustrations. Nine Men's Morris Activity Sheet Download the directions and game board for "Nine Men's Morris," a strategy game which provided entertainment for Revolutionary War soldiers.
Anna’s Adventures
Anna’s Adventures

This kid's video series features action-packed history adventures!

These films envision the conversations of Generals George Washington and Charles Cornwallis, as they reflect on the American Revolution and their pivotal role in how it plays out.
Yorktown Chronicles
Yorktown Chronicles

Enter the world of Generals Charles Cornwallis and George Washington.

They came from different worlds to make history in a new one. The Jamestown Chronicles is a series of spoken monologues allowing us to meet some of the men and women who shaped this rich, tumultuous chapter in American history. Step back in time as you watch the films, then explore the special Jamestown Chronicles "https://www.historyisfun.org/chronicles/" section of the website to learn more about the history and culture of the Jamestown settlement. Read more about each historical figure: James I, King of Great Britain Tom Savage, The Interpreter Ann Burras, The Colonist Maid Tomocomo, The Indian Councilor Angela, The African Historical Background: Glossary Timeline of Events Life at Jamestown (PDF) Cultures at Jamestown (PDF) Living with the Indians (PDF)
Jamestown Chronicles
Jamestown Chronicles

Meet some of the men and women who shaped Jamestown's history.

Video and Classroom Instruction Unit Tobacco was an important crop grown in Virginia and the other southern colonies before the American Revolution and was essential to the economy during colonial times. In this video, two young visitors learn about growing tobacco, why it was called a cash crop, how the farmer exchanged his tobacco for a note rather than cash and how farming changed during and after the war. Teachers and parents, check out this classroom instruction unit that will bring colonial economics to life for your students! Learners will explore the 18th-century tobacco economy as they watch a short video and engage in vocabulary, graphing and historical analysis activities. Students can test their success as a colonial farmer in the culminating board game activity. A teacher lesson plan, background reading and activity answer keys are included in the unit. Get ready to amaze your students at how fun economics can be!
Eighteenth Century Tobacco Economy
Eighteenth Century Tobacco Economy

Learn about the tobacco-based economy of 18th-century Virginia and other southern colonies.