READING PASSAGES AND BINGO: Colonial American Merchants and Shopkeepers
BINGO is a fun way to review new concepts and vocabulary words. The words in this BINGO set relate to the topic of Colonial Shopkeepers, Merchants and Peddlers, and make the perfect review for the twelve pages of informational text that are included in this product. The passages can also be used for CLOSE READING, using any non-fiction graphic organizer (not included).

This product includes:
12 One-Page Passages of Informational Text
36 Unique Bingo Cards (18 pages with two cards per sheet)
The Caller’s Tracking Sheet
24 Calling Cards Containing Words and Clues

Informational Text
There are twelve 1-page passages of informational text about the Subject Colonial American Shopkeepers, Merchants and Peddlers. The passages cover the following topics:

 Early Colonists - Acquiring Goods
 The Navigation Acts
 Trading and Bartering
 Colonists’ Attempts at Money
o Commodity Money
o Wampum
o Coins in the Colonies: English Coins, Foreign Coins, Colonial Coins
 Merchants vs. Shopkeepers vs. Peddlers
 Colonial Peddlers
 The Peddler’s Reputation
 The First General Stores
 Well-Known Colonial Merchants: Mary Alexander and Peter Faneuil
 Examples of Colonial Shopkeepers

Although all cards contain the same 24 words, the order on each card is unique. Each student will find every word on their card. Of course, this means “blackout” is not a good option – although my students sometimes insisted on playing all the way through and singing out “BINGO” in unison at the end!

This product is great for a large group, class or co-op.! It can be played in the traditional way where the instructor randomly chooses one of the cards and calls out the word. Or, to play as a review game, the instructor can read the clue that appears on the card below the BINGO word.

Words that are included:
Apothecary; Bartering; Cartwright; Chandlers; Cobblers; Cooper; Double Coincidence of Wants; Duty; Exporting; Glassware, China and Paper; Importing; Mary Alexander; Mercantilism; Merchant; Milliner; Navigation Acts; Peddler; Peter Faneuil; Pound, Shilling and Pence; Shipwright; Shopkeeper; Spanish Coins; Wampum; Wheelwright

(Note: The informational text also appears in my Colonial American Careers Lesson Plan)
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Created: Dec 28, 2016

Updated: Feb 22, 2018


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