Discover the latest video and lectures brought to you by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.
The DIY History series, featuring host Patrick Teague with historical interpreters at 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 18th-century America and how these production processes can be applied today.
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
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.
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!