Pack It Up: What to Bring to Colonial America

by  Maryland Center for History and Culture

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Students will consider the choices early colonists made when deciding what supplies to bring to the New World, taking into account factors such as necessities for survival and resources available in America. Participants will examine reproduction objects representing essential items from the Colonial Era to determine what each object is, how it would have been used, and why it would have been important to bring. A spirited debate about the most important items to bring will cap the session.

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About This Program


Point to Point: $125.00
By Request: $125.00


50-60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:


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Primary Disciplines

Language Arts/English, Literacy, Reading, Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

Booking Information

Programs are offered Tuesday through Friday.

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Maryland Center for History and Culture

Baltimore, MD
United States

The Maryland Center for History and Culture offers dynamic, interactive programs on topics in United States history for K-12, collegiate, and adult audiences. By exploring and discussing original historical evidence, including documents, images, artifacts, and audio and video clips, participants draw conclusions about important compelling questions about our nation's past.

Tyler Osborne

Program Details


1. Program begins with a discussion of the things people take with them when they move to a new home.
2. Students will then discuss the definition of "primary source," as well as the benefits and limitations of using primary sources to learn about the past.
3. We determine how much space the first Maryland colonists had aboard ship to store their supplies.
4. We examine reproduction artifacts to determine their use and usefulness in colonial America.
5. We debate which of the objects examined would have been most important to bring to the New World.


The students will:
-- gain an appreciation for the use of primary sources.
-- understand the factors affecting the survival of the earliest American colonists.
-- understand the economic concept of opportunity cost, the idea that in choosing one thing, you are giving up something else.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

This program can be adapted for various grade levels. Outlined below are the 5th grade benchmarks and standards met by this program.

Era 2: Colonization and Settlement (1585-1763)
--Standard 3: How the values and institutions of European economic life took root in the colonies...

D2.His.16.3-5 Use evidence to develop a claim about the past.
D4.4.3-5 Critique arguments.
D4.6.3-5 Draw on disciplinary concepts to explain the challenges people have faced and opportunities they have created, in addressing local, regional, and global problems at various times and places.

State Standards

This program can be adapted for various grade levels. Outlined below are the 5th grade benchmarks and standards met by this program.

Maryland Content Standards:
4.A.1.a Identify the opportunity cost of economic decisions
5.B.1.a Describe the difficulties encountered by individual who migrated to North America