Lesson Plan

Early American Activities

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Grade Level:
Third Grade-Seventh Grade
Mathematics, Science and Technology, Social Studies
2 or 3 class periods
Group Size:
Up to 24
National/State Standards:
NC: Sci:3rd, 4;5th, 2; 7th, 4 Math:3rd, 2.06; 4th, 2.07; SS 8.1.2 SC: Sci 3rd-I-A, B: IV-A, 4th- I-A, B; 5th- I-A, C; IV - A; 6th- I-A; 7th- I-A; 8th I-A Math  3rd V-A, C; 4th V-A, B, F; 5th V-A, B, D, F; 6th V-A, B, C, D, F; 7th A, D, E, H, I


GOAL:To give students the opportunity to relate how early settlers used the knowledge of their ancestors to make some of the necessities needed for survival in the early South Carolina frontier.
Early American Activities.


The student will be able to describe or demonstrate the making of soap, the making of butter, and the constructing of a pomander ball.
The student will be able to arrange steps or directions in sequential order. The student will relate how important these early activities are to our society today.


Early Settlers in South Carolina had to make many of the supplies they needed for everyday life. Frontier women were usually left with many of these chores.

One thing that women had to do was to make soap and butter for the family, but some things were made for the simple pleasure of the women. One of these was the pomander ball. Fragrant pomander balls were often hidden in baskets or placed in different parts of the house to hide unpleasant odors resulting from cooking. Colonial women sometimes placed pomander balls in their handkerchiefs when traveling. These sweet and fragrant smells could hide the odors found in the streets they traveled.


Last updated: April 14, 2015