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Points of Contact: Europe and the Americas

Grade Level: 
Grades 5-12 Recommended
Student Level: 
Elementary
Middle School
High School

This lesson seeks to identify the geographic regions settled by France, England, and Spain, to identify the reasons settlers may have had to come to the New World, and the types of financial gain their backers hoped to realize by sending colonists there. Objects in the suitcase help students explore evidence of these native cultures early settlers brought with them, as well as ways we see these influences in our world today.