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Jamestown – Factors Affecting Population Change, 1630-1700

Activity Description

Jamestown - Factors Affecting Population Change

Students will work in teams to interpret a graph representing the growing population of Jamestown — an early colony in Virginia — from 1630 to 1700. Then each team will research a topic related to the population change in Jamestown. Using the graph data and their research, teams will create and deliver a presentation about the colony.

Suggested Grade Level


Approximate Time Required

120 minutes

Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to analyze population information in a graph.
  • Students will be able to conduct research on a topic and evaluate how that topic relates to population information in a graph.
  • Students will be able to organize and present their research.

Materials Required

  • The student version of this activity, 5 pages
  • Colored pencils or markers
  • Construction paper or poster board
  • Index cards

Optional: A computer with Internet access for each student

Activity Items

The following item is part of this activity.

  • Estimated Virginia Population, 1630–1700

Teacher Notes

Blooms Taxonomy

Blooms Taxonomy

Students will research and analyze information about Jamestown, an early colony in Virginia.


Elementary School History


  • Colonial history
  • Jamestown
  • History of Virginia

Skills Taught

  • Analyzing change over time
  • Public speaking and presenting
  • Researching historical information
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