Subject: Social Studies

Lesson Length: 45 mins

Topic: Establishment of the State

Grade Level: 4


The European settlement of North America and the role geographic, religious, political, and economic factors played in the early settlement of colonies and states.

Brief Description: Students will identify significant figures and understand why their state was founded and established.

Know Before You Start:

  • Students should understand reasons why people migrate and/or emigrate to a new place. 

  • Helpful Vocabulary: migrate, immigrate, emigrate, foundation, establish


  • Read and discuss the sample comic.

  • Have students discuss and share reasons people move to new places. Ask leading questions to find out how much they know about why people settled in their state. 

  • Based on what they know about their own area/region in the state, have students make predictions about why they believe people settled there.


  • Using the sample comic as a guide, have students create a 3 panel comic showing:

  • Panel 1: Significant figures/founders in the establishment of the state

  • Panel 2: Cultural background of the founding group(s) and/or reasons they settled in the area

  • Panel 3: Values and beliefs of the founding group(s)

Closure: Students may share their findings via a gallery walk (digital or posted) and discussion can ensue about the reasons people settled in new areas.


  • Print out the sample comic for reference.

  • Allow students to use speech-to-text feature as needed.

  • Provide sentence frames as needed.


  • Comic to print or display: Comic 1.
  • Give students a KWL Chart. 

    • K - what they already know and can lead to the “Hook” discussion.

    • W - questions they need answered to help guide them through the research.

    • L - take notes on the new information while researching to help them create their comic

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