More Educational Resources

Virginia Studies Standards of Learning:
Developed by the Virginia Department of Education, this site provides the statewide standards of learning for Virginia Studies, which begin with the Virginia Company's royal charter.
Web Site: vastudies.pwnet.org

K-3 History and Social Science Standards of Learning:
Virginia's students beginning learning about the world and their place in it from the first day of kindergarten. This site provides curricula and helpful links for the social sciences through third grade.
Web Site: k3hss.pwnet.org

U.S. History Standards of Learning:
This site provides the statewide standards of learning for U.S. History, with suggested instructional strategies for each learning goal.
Web Site: ushistory.pwnet.org

Virginia's First People:
Created with teachers in mind, this site features lesson plans for helping students understand the role of Virginia's Indian tribes throughout history, as well as the ways in which geography shaped Native culture.
Web Site: virginiaindians.pwnet.org

Jamestown Journey:
The educational arm of the federal Jamestown 400th Commission, Jamestown Journey provides free curriculum for subjects ranging from civics to science, including tips for using the classroom poster and www.johnsmithtrail.org in your class.
Web Site: www.jamestownjourney.org

The Captain John Smith 400 Project:
Your class can see the replica of John Smith's shallop built by Sultana Projects at one of several mid-Atlantic museums, then follow along as a modern crew attempts to re-create Smith's 1700-mile Chesapeake voyage in 2007.
Web Site: www.johnsmith400.org

The Mariner's Museum:
This extensive interactive exhibit features William Strachey's dictionary of Algonquian words and John Smith's 1608 map, Illustrations and anecdotes describe the many cultures and generations that have lived on the bounty of the Chesapeake Bay.
Web Site: www.mariner.org/chesapeakebay

Virtual Jamestown:
The Virtual Jamestown digital archive contains a wealth of original documents that shed light the Virginia experiment. Teachers will find exercises and lesson plans on life at Jamestown. An interactive map lets you view Indian villages and river names alongside their modern counterparts.
Web Site: www.virtualjamestown.org


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The Trail

Upper Oxbow Loop

The rocky Fall Line marks the border of Virginia's Piedmont and Coastal Plain geographic regions. The Falls of the James stopped John Smith and Christopher Newport from traveling farther upriver, and eventually spawned Richmond itself. -- read more

Middle Cypress Loop

Bald eagles, herons, cormorants and a variety of songbirds nest along this stretch of the James River. Stands of cypress grow along the water's edge, and tributary creeks fan into wide marshes.   -- read more

Lower Oyster Loop

Oyster reefs no longer project above the waves, but echoes of the Chesapeake John Smith explored still await along the lower James. Never a true island, Jamestown Island remains hemmed in by forest and marsh, connected to the mainland by only a narrow spit of land. -- read more


Educator Resources

Help your students relive John Smith's adventures -- read more

Find information on other useful websites that contain additional educational resources related to John Smith's adventures -- view list


Order the Trail Maps

Capt. John Smith's Trail is a 40-site water trail and auto tour for modern explorers. Each set of three travel maps features historic descriptions and information for the modern traveler, including where to hike, camp and launch your boat. -- Order Now!