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Christopher Columbus Day

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Who was Christopher Columbus? What was his part in the Great Age of Exploration? Was he an explorer or an exploiter? Bring the debate to your class with this collection of materials.
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European Explorers: Research Project

For Students 5th - 7th Standards
What will your students choose to include in their explorer's treasure chest? Youngsters research an early European explorer and gather items to reflect their research, such as a detailed map of the explorer's voyages, portrait, flag,...
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European Explorer IMovie

For Teachers 5th
Film is a wonderful way to communicate any concept or idea. Fifth graders will use IMovie and GarageBand software to create a IMovie about one of eight European explorers. They will chose an explorer, research his travels and life, then...
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Hands-On History: Explorers

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Bring history to life with this collection of hands-on early explorer activities. From creating a flip book about the Vikings' exploration of North America to a reader's theater performance about Christopher Columbus' search for the...
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What Impact did European Explorers have on the Native American Culture?

For Teachers 5th Standards
Engage your fifth graders in a Socratic discussion on the impact European explorers had on Native American culture. Everything is outlined in a highly structured fashion, from what the teacher does, to what the student does. The lesson...
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Columbus Was an Explorer

For Students 1st - 3rd Standards
Get the inside scoop on the European explorer, Christopher Columbus, with a response to reading learning exercise that requires scholars to answer who, what, why, when, and a variety of other questions about the word crew.  
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European Colonialism in Africa

For Teachers 7th - 10th
The uglier side of European colonization of Africa is detailed in these slides, which include pictures and information about the Belgian Congo, the Dutch South Africa, and Britain's ongoing tensions with the Boers. Students will be...
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European Explorers

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
To compare how the Spanish, French, and English approached the exploration of North America, class groups examine primary source documents and become experts on one of four explorers: Francisco Coronado, Robert LaSalle, Samuel de...
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European Explorers Database

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders watch a demonstration on how to create a new database. In pairs, they enter information about European explorers in an easy to read fashion. They save and print their databases to be used in a review game before their test.
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Life in a Box: European Explorers

For Teachers K - 3rd
Students discover European history by examining images. In this famous explorers lesson, students analyze a box of clues and information provided to them which is based on an individual explorer from Europe. Students collaborate with...
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The European Conquest of the Americas

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Witness the birth of the Americas in this presentation, which details the European Explorers who contributed to adding vital details on our modern-day maps. Viewers' worlds will literally expand after seeing the results of Cortes and the...
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Exploring Borderlands

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
What motivated Europeans to explore the New World, and what effects did their exploration have on Native American populations? The second installment of a 16-part American Passages series prompts pupils to watch a video and read several...
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Captain John Smith's Shallop

For Teachers 4th - 5th Standards
Young explorers, all aboard the shallop to discover how early European explorers would navigate the American coastline to find resources, map terrain, and trade with Native American tribes.
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Age of Exploration

For Students 6th - 11th Standards
Here is a great graphic organizer to accompany your study of early European explorers and the Age of Exploration. Learners note the specific contributions of such explorers as Bartholomeu Dias and Vasco de Gama, as well as consider the...
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Early Explorers

For Teachers 5th Standards
Here you'll find several worksheets and mini-activities for giving your learners a great overview of early explorers, including the motivations and home countries of famous explorers and development of new technologies.
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Famous Explorers

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students research famous explorers. In this world explorer lesson, students investigate the reasons behind world exploration, famous explorers, and the countries that backed expeditions.
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European Explorers

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Students research one of seventeen explorers before filling in a worksheet. Next, they write a song verse using the information and sing it to the tune of "Row, Row, Row Your Boat." On the next day, they play a game of "Who Am I?" using...
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First Encounters

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders compare cultural differences. In this Canadian history lesson plan, 4th graders examine the language and cultural differences between European explorers and First Nations. In small groups, students role-play communication...
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Magellan and Coronado

For Teachers 5th
The best part of elementary school is learning about the explorers. Take your 5th graders on a quick trip with European explorers Coronado and Magellan. Described here are their routes, personal histories, and encounters in the New...
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European Explorers: Hernando De Soto

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders examine world history by answering study questions. In this famous explorers instructional activity, 4th graders identify the contributions Hernando De Soto made to world history and discuss his quest for gold. Students...
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Europeans in Asia: The Early Years of Empire Building

For Teachers 7th - 9th
European explorers traveled into Asia during the 1500s. Describe various countries, their investments, and how they interacted with people of Asia as they crossed the great oceans. Each slide provides clear and informative text to be...
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List of Famous Explorers

For Students 4th - 11th
How many famous explorers can you name off the top of your head? Four? Five? Check out this list of 25 of famous explorers from around the world. The worksheet categorizes explorers by nationality, and includes each explorer's lifespan...
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Explorers of the New World: Learning About Major Explorers of the New World

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students investigate the principal explorers of the New World and the contributions that they made to the European knowledge about America, the development of rivalries, and the effects on Native American cultures.
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Marco Polo and China

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Globalization started a long time ago. Think back to one of the first international explorers Marco Polo. This slide-show describes what he did, how he influenced Kublai Khan, and his long journey route. Use this resource to review or...