Grade 1 - Life Long Ago - Closed Captioned

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Video Storyline:  A long time ago a group called the Pilgrims came to America. They settled here among the various native American groups. Other settlers also came to America from other countries. Many came here to be free. Many historical people and symbols have come to mean freedom in the United States.

Video length: 6:21 minutes.

Learning Resources with this Video*

Quizzes – PDF & Online

Freedom Fighting Figures

A Timeline: Looking for Freedom in America

Life Long Ago

Draw a Scene

Universal Resources

National Standards

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Classroom Ideas 

Life Long Ago

Discussion Topics

Have students offer ideas about everyday items that didn’t exist long ago.

Have students discuss the daily life of the early settlers or their great-grandparents.

Create a list of all the items that people would have to make for their daily lives.

What did the daily diet of the early settlers look like?

Discuss the very first Thanksgiving.

Art and Social Studies

Use various materials to create a small-scale home for a group of Native Americans, e.g. a wigwam. Can be done in groups.

Cloze Practice

A cloze piece has full sentences used in the virtual field trip with blanks where students can write in the information that is missing. This task requires close listening to the trip in order to complete it.

Coral reefs are the _______ type of ecosystem in the world. They’ve been around for over _____ million years.

Answers:  oldest; 240

Alternatively, you could have students create 5-10 cloze statements and they could share those with the class.

A third alternative is to distribute the cloze worksheets before watching the video. Students can fill them in as they watch.


Native American Groups

Create a lesson (or lessons) that introduce students to the major tribes of Native Americans. This could be nearby tribes, or tribes across the country.



Compare/contrast various modes of transportation that the early settlers used.


Explore Vocabulary

Identify key vocabulary terms while previewing each video. Prompt students to find the meaning of each word as they watch the video. Example: What do the words bartering  and artifact  mean? Think about the meaning of this word as you watch this video.

Visual Learning

Offer videos to struggling learners as another form of accessing information and creating knowledge. 



Draw a scene from the video you just watched.


Classroom Ideas for ALL Videos

Here are dozens and dozens of ideas that you can use in your classroom along with our videos!

Topics Covered In This Video

Life was harder long ago

Food had to be grown and everything was done by hand

Native American way of life

Native American housing & clothing

Arrival of Christopher Columbus

Arrival of Pilgrims & settlers

Tradition of Thanksgiving

Conflict with England

Lincoln & freedom from slavery

Immigrants & freedom

Videos in this Series

Grade 1 - The Earth Around Us

Grade 1 - Let's Learn About The Government

Grade 1 - All About Work

Grade 1 - Families & Neighbors

Related Videos

Grade 2 - Early Americans

Grade 3 - The First Americans

Grade 3 - How The Country Was Settled

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