Early New Haven Project
Goals: The students will learn of early New Haven by building a model of the settlement and surrounding geography.
Objectives: The students will build model churches, mudhuts and one room homes built colonists, and wigwams built by the native Quinnipiacs. The students will write a description of the models they build.
Materials: corrugated cardboard, craft sticks, glue, twigs, reeds, clay, miniature colonists, natives and slaves, 2 large rocks (for East and West Rocks) and a model sailing ship. The teacher should provide maps of early New Haven to help the students plan the class model.
Procedure: This lesson will be taught as an extension of a trip to the New Haven Colony Historical Society.
The class will discuss how New Haven was America’s first planned city.
The class will discuss geographical features of New Haven such as the harbor, East and West Rocks, the Quinnipiac, Mill and West Rivers the Green and the 9 original city squares.
The class will be divided into cooperative groups to work on the various structures included in the finished model.
This project should take 5-7 school days for completion.