Introduce students to the term "colony' and explain that before the United States was created, it started as a set of colonies under the control of England. These thirteen colonies were located on the east coast of the (current) United States and were settled due to ease of shipping trade with other countries. Show a map with the thirteen colonies and give the names of the colonies. The colonies are introduced in segments, as the Northern, Middle and Southern colonies. Each colony is introduced and key information is given about the colony. At the close of each segment, students are asked to locate the colonies on the given maps. When complete, review all 13 of the colonies together on a map of the current United States.