Colonial Quest Curriculum

Bring history to life for your students with this free, standards-based curriculum that examines early settlement history through the lens of your hometown. This short-focused research project fits into the Social Studies curriculum as part of state and local history or as an opening to a study of Native Americans or Early Settlement. Grades 5-8

The sequence of the Colonial Quest Curriculum is driven by questions:

  • WHO were the first residents here?
  • WHERE did the colonists come from?
  • WHEN and WHY did they come?
  • WHAT did the colonists do to establish this town?

The curriculum’s approach integrates place-based education, primary source exploration, and service learning: students use maps and town charters to track movement and settlement; they find early settlers in old burial grounds; learn more about specific people using proprietor’s records, the census and town histories; and share their learning via a Quest (educational treasure hunt).

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1. Abenaki Homeland

Who lived here first, prior to colonization?

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2. Old England to New England

When and why did colonists leave England for New England? Where did they settle?

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3. Settling VT and NH

When and how was this region settled?

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4. First Settlers

Who were the first people to settle here?

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5. Research

What did these people do to form our town?

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6. Writing our Quest

How can we share what we’ve learned with others?

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7. Finishing Touches

What do we need to do to complete our Quest?

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Take Your Class on a Colonial Quest

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Lauren Griswold

Valley Quest and Volunteer Coordinator, Valley Food & Farm Program Assistant

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— Lauren Griswold, Valley Quest and Volunteer Coordinator, Valley Food & Farm Program Assistant

Lauren Griswold joined Vital Communities in May 2017 to coordinate Power of Produce (POP) clubs at Upper Valley farmers' markets and farmstands. In August 2017 she became our Valley Quest and Volunteer Coordinator, in addition to her role as the Valley Food & Farm Program Assistant. Lauren grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and graduated from the University of Vermont in 2011 with a Bachelor's degree in English and Environmental Studies. Her passion for sustainable agriculture took her out West, where she served as a garden educator in Bend, Oregon. After an enriching chapter in the high desert, Lauren is thrilled to be back in central Vermont. She is passionate about the rich communities and natural beauty of the Upper Valley, and enjoys engaging the next generation with wonder and enthusiasm about this special place. In her free time, Lauren can be found mountain biking, cross country skiing, gardening, knitting, and savoring meals with friends and family.