Social Studies - 2017-18

VS.4e - Everyday Life in Colonial Virginia

The student will demonstrate knowledge of life in the Virginia colony by

e)  describing everyday life in colonial Virginia.

Bloom's Level: Understand

Adopted: 2008


Everyday life changes over time.

Individuals in different economic and/or social groups have different experiences in everyday life.


Resources found in colonial Virginia were used to produce the goods and services people needed.

Everyday life in colonial Virginia was different for whites, enslaved African Americans, and free African Americans.

How did resources influence food, housing, and clothing in colonial Virginia?

How was everyday life in colonial Virginia different for whites, enslaved African Americans, and free African Americans?


Draw conclusions and make generalizations. (VS.1d)

Make connections between past and present. (VS.1e)

Sequence events in Virginia history. (VS.1f)

People living in colonial Virginia depended on natural, human, and capital resources to produce the goods and services they needed.


  • Food choices were limited.
  • Meals were made of local produce and meats.


  • Most people lived in one-room houses with dirt floors.
  • Some people (farmers) lived in large houses.


  • Households made their own clothes.
  • Most clothing was made of cotton, wool, and/or leather.

Most white Virginians made their living from the land as small farmers. A few owned large farms (plantations).

Most enslaved African Americans worked tobacco, other crops, and livestock. Enslaved African Americans had no rights.

Many free African Americans owned their own businesses and property but were denied most rights.


Updated: Mar 09, 2018