Subject: Social Studies

Lesson Length: 25 - 30 mins

Topic: Colonial Regions

Grade Level: 5

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will learn how the colonial regions; northern, middle, and southern differed economically by exploring the advantages of their locations and what they exported.

Know Before You Start: Students should have a good understanding of where the colonial regions; northern, middle, and southern are located on both a physical and political map.


  • Read and discuss the sample comic.

    • How do you think having a lot of forests helped the northern colonies prosper? 

  • Show a map of the original thirteen colonies separated by region.

  • Have students brainstorm what they believe the colonial regions exported based on their location.


  • Present these three prompts to students:
    • Which colonial region do you think had the most access to waterways? 
    • Which colonial region do you think was known as the breadbasket?
    • Which colonial region do you think had the most wildlife?
  • Using the sample comic as a guide, have students respond to one of the prompts in a three-panel comic.
  • Have them not only answer the prompt with the colonial region; northern, middle, or southern, but also use the comic to explain why they believe they are correct.
  • Panel 1: Restate the prompt/question.
  • Panels 2 and 3: Respond to the prompt and explain your reasoning.


  • Divide the class into groups based on the prompt they chose. Have them discuss their comics within their group.


  • Allow students to use speech-to-text feature.
  • Allow students to use the voiceover feature to read their comics aloud.
  • Assign one of the prompts to each student.


  • Comic to print or display: Comic.

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