TAKE GALLERY WALK: As you begin your Jamestown unit, post a variety of images around the classroom. (See the Image Gallery.) Have students examine them and speculate on what the image depicts. Students may record these impressions. What kinds of questions do they have about the images? Who might have used them? Why would they be important enough to be posted?
CREATE A LIVING TABLEAU: Choose a photograph or painting with several characters. (This is a great opportunity to use primary sources.) Assign students one of the character roles, and have them assume the same position as in the image. When the "Tableau" has been assembled, interview (TV-commentator-style) each character. What are they doing? What are they feeling? What do they think is happening? Invite questions from the class. This is a powerful way to get into a scene from history. Use a microphone-prop to get yourself in the role of an on-the-scene reporter.
EXAMINE PRIMARY SOURCE DOCUMENTS: Allow students to look at the original documents and maps. What similarities and differences do they see? You may wish to provide them with a magnifying lens to better see small details. This is especially effective when working with maps
HELP STUDENT S INTERACT WITH THE CONTENT: Journey to Jamestown provides a large number of Student Activities in PDF form for you to print out. They are extremely helpful in helping students interact with the content. My fifth graders love to click merrily along, often oblivious to where or what they are downloading. However, helping them slow down by providing a scaffold (worksheet) that helps them organize and note/record key information.