Captain John Smith and The Virginia Expedition


Learn about the Virginia Expedition and Captain John Smith in this fascinating lesson plan. Discover how Smith’s strong leadership saved the colony from extinction. Explore the complexities of studying people, events and historical viewpoints.

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If you’re looking for a fun and engaging way to teach your students about historical figures, Captain John Smith and the Virginia Expedition is the perfect lesson plan. This hands-on activity allows students to research and analyze information about Captain John Smith and his expedition to Virginia in the 1600s. They’ll learn about the people and events that made this time period so significant, and they’ll be able to compare the ideas and culture of the past with present-day events. Your students will love being able to explore history in a whole new way with this exciting lesson plan.

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4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade


Biography, Social Studies

State Educational Standards

NCSS.D2.HIS.4.6-8, NCSS.D2.HIS.3.6-8, & NSSS.D2.HIS.14.3-5

Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.