A game that my students love! Would you survive Jamestown? This is a fun activity to complete a unit on the early English settlements of North America, including Jamestown and Roanoke. In this simulation-style game, students will make various choices (similar to the choices early colonists had to make) in order to see if they would survive life in the early Early English settlements.
Resource: Stanford History Education Group. This is a website with lessons aimed at teaching middle school-aged students and above to "read like a historian;" the lessons require a high level of English language proficiency but could possibly be adapted for students who are at lower levels.
I just love the way this lesson for teaching history is all together for you. It includes primary sources, a reading and spectrum activity that allows students to explore the question "Why study history?" What a great way to start out the school year!