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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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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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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 worksheet that requires scholars to answer who, what, why, when, and a variety of other questions about the word crew.  
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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
Young scholars research famous explorers. In this world explorer lesson plan, 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, 4th graders examine the language and cultural differences between European explorers and First Nations. In small groups, students role-play communication using...
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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...
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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 lesson, 4th graders identify the contributions Hernando De Soto made to world history and discuss his quest for gold. Students view a PowerPoint...
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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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The Age of Early European Explorations & Conquests

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Your students' world will literally take shape in this presentation, which chronicles the growing edges of the (flat) earth during European Exploration of New Worlds. Dias, da Gama, Magellean, and Columbus are key players in this game of...
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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
Pupils 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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European Explorers

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders research European Explorers lives. They create a Word Document, or slide show based on their research.
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European Explorer's Photo Journal

For Teachers 6th - 11th
Students study early European explorers. They choose one to research and complete a photo journal of his explorations, which includes maps, articles, etc.
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Early European Explorers Map

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders create an explorer's map. In this explorers lesson plan students use a map of the world as reference to draw their own map of Europe, North America, Central America, and the Caribbean Islands. The students use their maps to...
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European Explorers Crossword Puzzle

For Students 5th - 8th
In this European explorers crossword puzzle activity, students use the 5 clues regarding explorers to help them correctly complete the word puzzle.
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European Explorer Poem : Social Studies, Art, Language Arts

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders 'draw' a European Explorer from a hat, research this person and write a poem which describes the characteristics of a the Explorer.
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European Explorers Word Search Puzzle

For Students 5th - 6th
In this word search learning exercise, students locate 15 words related to European explorers. Words include harbor, Spain, interests, and John Cabot.
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European Exploration

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders analyze key European explorers and focus on where and why they explored. They research who sponsored the explorers as well as the accomplishments of the explorers. They discuss the lasting effects of the expeditions in...
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European Explorers Cards: Research, Make and Trade

For Teachers K - 3rd
Students examine the reasons the explorers went searching for new land.  In this U.S. History lesson, students research a specific explorer to find details about them such as the obstacles they encountered and their achievements.  They...
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Early Contacts: Native American and European Women in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students interpret historical evidence presented in primary resources. In this colonial America lesson, students examine the relationships between Native American women and European women who encountered one another in the new colonies.
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European Exploration and Colonization

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders research the lives of European explorers and the events which led to the age of exploration. They examine the efforts of Juan Bautista de Anza to explore and colonize California and prepare a class presentation with their...
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First Contact: Lesson Plan 4 - Grades 5-6

For Students 5th - 6th Standards
After watching Treasure in the Sea, a documentary about Channel Islands National Park and the video First Contact, about the voyage of Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo to the Channel islands, groups research and then compare the experiences of...
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The Great Explorers

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students examine the importance of culture and economy changes that occurred due to the great explorations. For this explorations lesson, students create a list of major explorers. Students focus on one main exploration and give an oral...
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European Crusaders vs. The Muslim World

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Detailing the beginning of a battle that continues today, this presentation takes viewers through the various conflicts between European explorers and the Muslim cultures they stumble upon. It details the start of the Western Crusades...
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Early European Explorers in Arkansas

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students research investigate three early European explorers in Arkansas history. They write an persuasive paragraph to convince classmates that the explorers of choice has had the greatest impact on Arkansas.
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Early European Explorers

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders complete a variety of activities surrounding European exploration of the New World. They research one explorer and write and present an essay or script in which they portray that explorer as he makes his final report to his...
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Sort It Out - Explorers of North America

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Students investigate global geography by viewing images in a slide-show. In this famous explorers lesson, students observe a PowerPoint presentation showing drawings of geographical locations and the explorers who found them. Students...
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Explorers Notebook Assignment

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders select a European explorer and accompany him on his expedition. They are required to record any pertinent information that describes the explorer's journey. Each student also write a letter to the monarch evaluating the...
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Navigating With Explorers

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Students retrace the steps of European explorers to the New World and recreate the early exploration through online research and multimedia presentations. In this world history and technology lesson, students research early explorations...
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Native Americans of the Chesapeake Bay: Using Primary vs. Secondary Sources

For Teachers 4th - 5th Standards
Discover the rich Native American culture that existed at the time of early European exploration into the Chesapeake region through analysis of several primary and secondary sources.
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Europeans Explore the East

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
In this age of exploration worksheet, students respond to seven questions about events described on a timeline ranging from 1400-1664. This worksheet focuses on European exploration and trade routes. Students then explain the role of the...
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Early Explorers

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders explain the reasons why Europeans decided to explore and colonize the world. In this European explorers instructional activity, 5th graders complete a wall matrix about the explorers and write a summary about the explorer...
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First Nation People and European Explorers

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders investigate the characteristics of explorers. They research the factors that contributed to the first European explorers that came to North America. Students also concentrate on the interactions that explorers had with...
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Those Who Have Come Before Me

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Class members are transformed into explorers as they work in groups to locate hidden items and map their journey along the way. They then leave clues for other groups of students to follow, and ultimately discover how past explorations...
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Explorers of the New World

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students research explorers and explore how exploration affected the Western Hemisphere; students demonstrate competency in using multimedia encyclopedia and information software, and present PowerPoint presentation to class with two...
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Glory, God and Gold: Voyages and Adventures - America 1500

For Teachers 2nd - 7th
By providing an in-depth and interesting overview of European exploration in the New World, this presentation would be a wonderful complement to a unit on this topic. The 17 slide presentation is both thought-provoking and informative....
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Early Navigational Tools And Nautical Developments of the Early European Explorers of Africa And America.

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students identify navigational tools. They describe and label seven of the nautical advances that enabled European explorers to travel to Africa and America thereby initiating a new era of exploration.
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Captain Cook

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Known as the first European to see places like Australia and New Zealand, Captain Cook led the way for the English into the world of exploration. A primary source image of Cook's firsthand account of his voyages and discussion questions...
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The Age of Exploration

For Students 8th Standards
Christopher Columbus did not have a lot of evidence to prove that he was in India, but language arts pupils have plenty of evidence to prove that he wasn't. Delve into the world of European exploration with a reading activity about...
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Columbus, de Gama, and Zheng He! 15th Century Mariners

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Learners discover the Age of Exploration by comparing and contrasting the explorations of Zheng He, Christopher Columbus, and Vasco da Gama in this engaging history episode. The narrator discusses who may be considered the greatest...
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Explorers of the New World: Learning About Major Explorers of the New World

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students explore the principle explorers of the New World, how they contributed to the development of European knowledge about America and the effect of Native Americans cultures meeting with European cultures. They read the biography of...
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Jacques Cartier

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders research Jacques Cartier. In this social studies lesson, 3rd graders view a presentation about Jacques Cartier and learn a song about the explorer.
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Explorations of the Americas

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders research different European explorers. In this European exploration instructional activity, 5th graders receive a "mission envelope" with the name of an explorer and their mission overview. They research this explorer and...
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European Explorers of North and South America

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders explore the connection between the geography of America and the migration of the Native Americans to the American continents to the future conquering of the continents by the Europeans. They discuss the causes and effects...
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What They Left Behind: Early Multi-National Influences in the United States

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students examine how the European voyages of discovery influence American culture even today. They map eighteenth century Europe's impact on the United States.
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Discovery of Australia

For Students 5th - 6th
For this discovery of Australia worksheet, students respond to 22 various types of questions related to the discovery of Australia. First, they identify who the early Dutch Explorers were and what they found. Then, students identify...
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Close Readings from The Tempest + New World Readings

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
What was Shakespeare's intent? That is the question at the heart of a summer assignment designed for AP English Literature. Class members focus on five scenes from The Tempest and compare the interactions of Prospero, Caliban, and...
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European Exploration, Trade and Colonization

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students complete many activities including mapping, reading books, and Internet research to learn about European exploration. In this European lesson plan, students study geographical mapping, trade, and colonization.
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Early Explorers

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students answer short answer questions and participate in a role play where they are explorers being interviewed. For this early explorers lesson plan, students discuss why it is beneficial to be the first one in a place.
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Explorers

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students work together to examine Dutch, French, Spanish and English explorers. They create a poster of the information they collected and write about one explore they find most interesting. They share their information with the class.
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Christopher Columbus

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Youngsters who are just beginning to learn about the age of exploration do a study of Christopher Columbus. They each select four pictures from the voyage of 1492 and write a caption below each one stating what is happening. The class...
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History vs. Christopher Columbus

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Intrepid explorer or ruthless exploiter? This is the perfect video to accompany the observation of Columbus Day in your class, as well as in considering whether Christopher Columbus should or should not be credited with the discovery of...
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Explorers of New York State

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders study European explorers who made an impact of New York State. They conduct research and create a timeline and a Powerpoint presentation about one of the explorers.
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The Discovery of the Americas Reinforcing Activity

For Teachers K - 5th
Students create an explorer timeline. In this timeline lesson, students listen to the book The Discovery of The Americas by Betsey and Giulio Maestro. They use the dates listed in the book to create their own timeline. 
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Northern Europe: Countries - Map Quiz Game

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
Remembering geography is a tiring and tedious task to many scholars. Change it up by assigning the map quiz game. Elementary and middle schoolers alike test their knowledge and compete with the clock to match as many countries as...
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Introduction To the Unit on ???the Age of European Explorers???

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students study the reasons why the various groups of explorers set off for foreign lands. They examine the chronological order of explorers including the Vikings, Columbus, the Spanish , the English, Dutch and French explorers and make a...
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Explorers of the New World: Learning About Major Explorers of the New World

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Students learn about famous explorers. In this research lesson, students read a biography about a famous explorer who came to the New World. Students complete a chart about their explorer and take a quiz.
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American Explorers Quiz

For Students 4th - 6th
In this American history worksheet, students answer questions based on famous explorers, Native Americans, and the United States. Students complete 26 questions.
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Explorers (Early European)

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students research and explore the past and its historical roots involving the economic motivations of early European explorers. They assess connections between the current technological advances in transportation and that of the early...
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Early Explorers

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders research European explorers.  In this world history lesson, 5th graders will compare eight European explorers and identify important factual information about each.  Students will be engaged through game-play and...
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Creating a Website on Explorers

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students identify and research famous European explorers using a variety of sources. They compare and contrast the explorers drawing conlusions about the importance of each explorer. They design a web page on one explorer of their choice.
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How the story of Columbus' Discover Fits into Time

For Teachers K - 3rd
Who is Christopher Columbus and where does he fit on the timeline of history? Students explore U.S. history by viewing a slide-show of famous images. They view a PowerPoint presentation of paintings and documents showing the voyage...
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The Pilgrims: European Plague in Native New England, 1616-1619

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Before the Pilgrims' arrival to New England, a vicious plague swept across New England and wiped out over 50% of the Native American people from Maine to Massachusetts. Watch a video that examines this devastation and the role it played...
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Pedro Menéndez de Avilés

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Partners examine the family tree of Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, a Spanish admiral and explorer who founded St. Augustine, Florida, and answer several questions about the text using a worksheet. After they've explored the family tree,...
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Pre-Columbian Civilizations in the Americas

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Before you begin a unit on Christopher Columbus and the European explorers, take your class through the Mayan, Aztec, and Incan Civilizations in this vivid and interesting presentation. With photographs of golden artifacts and ancient...
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Early Modern: Global Interactions

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
The moment Christopher Columbus's ships touched the shores of a New World, the old world changed forever. But has it been for the better? High schoolers consider the effectiveness, benefits, and drawbacks of the Columbian Exchange with a...
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Westward With the Vikings!

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Young scholars identify Norse explorers, considered by many historians to be the earliest Europeans to sail to Newfoundland. Then they recognize the superior craftsmanship of a Viking sailing ship that would have been needed to withstand...
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Christopher Columbus

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Some very good graphics are included in this informative presentation on the life of Christopher Columbus and the voyages he took. Among other things, students discover that Columus missed the chance to be the first European to view the...
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Explorers

For Students 6th - 8th
In this Explorers study guide worksheet, students respond to 3 questions regarding Prince Henry the Navigator, Vasco da Gama, Columbus, Magellan, Cortez, Pizarro, Drake, and Cartier. Answers are included.
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The Lewis and Clark Expedition

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students investigate U.S. History by defining the voyages of Lewis and Clark. In this famous explorers lesson, students analyze the American Indian's point of view of European exploration by watching an educational DVD. Students write...
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La Mobile: A Case Study of Exploration and Settlement

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The Le Moyne brothers, Jean-Baptiste and Pierre, were among the first explorers of the Gulf Coast. Class members read biographical information and journal entries about these men, study maps showing where the settlements they established...
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Explorers Assignment

For Students 5th - 8th
In this research skills worksheet, students follow the provided instructions to write pieces about the explorers they have researched. 
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Tools of the Explorers

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders examine the history of the European exploration of the New World. They research and create replicas of many of the tools used by the explorers including a compass, quadrant, hourglass, log and map.
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'European Exploration, Conquest, and Trade

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders examine the motives, progress and results of the European exploration and conquest of Asia, Africa and the West Indies from the 15th to the 17th centuries. They use maps to trace spice routes and research the role of spices...
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John Smith’s Map of the Chesapeake Bay

For Teachers 4th - 5th Standards
Young geographers travel back through time with primary source and map analysis and envision Captain John Smith's arrival at the Chesapeake Bay. 
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Explorers

For Students 4th - 5th
In this explorers worksheet, students read a detailed text about the Age of Exploration from 1450 to 1700. Students then answer 7 matching or multiple choice questions.
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Discoverers and Explorers Crossword

For Students 5th - 7th
In this world history worksheet, students answer 10 clues to fill a crossword puzzle with words associated with world explorers and discoverers. They work across and down with names of explorers and the places they explored.
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European Exploration From 1400-1700

For Students 7th - 8th
In this European exploration worksheet, students complete a graphic organizer with facts about reasons and obstacles for exploration, achievements of explorers and impact on Spain, France, England and Portugal.
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U.S. History Warm-Ups: Explorers and Colonizers

For Students 4th - 6th
In this history worksheet, students complete one warm up activity per day for a school week. These are varied activities pertaining to explorers and colonizers. They are labeled by numbers and not days of the week. Note: Despite the...
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The Effects of European Exploration on the Americas

For Teachers 7th - 11th
In this effects of European exploration on the Americas study guide worksheet, learners read a brief overview pertaining to the time period in world history and then respond to 2 reflection questions.
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European Exploration & Discovery

For Students 9th - 12th
An online interactive world history learning exercise challenges learners to answer 11 multiple choice questions regarding the Exploration Age. They then may submit their answers to be scored.
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Christopher Columbus Workbook

For Students 2nd - 4th Standards
Youngsters gain ample reading comprehension practice while studying the history of Christopher Columbus with this great workbook! It includes word puzzles and comprehension checks of multiple assessment styles, including multiple choice,...
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Voyages of Columbus

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
Learn the life of Christopher Columbus with the help of a timeline. Young historians interpret Columbus' life story from birth to death, and answer questions to reinforce comprehension. 
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Christopher Columbus

For Students 1st - 5th Standards
Reinforce historic knowledge of Christopher Columbus with an activity book compiled of a variety of coloring pages, puzzles, questions that spark discussion, and learning games. 
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The Columbian Exchange

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
What did you have for dinner last night? Many scholars ask that question without considering the history behind the foods they eat. Using a simulation, scholars investigate how the foods they eat are the product of the Columbian...
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European Explorers in France, England, Portugal, and Spain

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students, in groups, research either France, Spain, Portugal, or England. They create a poster describing various aspects of their country and how their country participated in the exploration of America. They present their project to...
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Mapping Relationships in a Community

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars consider aspects of map drawn about 1721 by a Native American for presentation to British governor of South Carolina, compare it to a European explorer's map, and use it as a model to create a map to explain their...
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Mining and Its Effects on Land

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students mine for lead with no restrictions and mine a second time with land preservation in mind. They compare early European methods of mining to those practiced by earlier Native Americans.
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A Day in the Life of a San Francisco Native Animal

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Learners write from an animal's perspective. In this writing lesson students explore the landscape of San Francisco prior to the arrival of the explorers. Learners research animals indigenous to the area.
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The Treasures of Two Worlds

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students discuss the contributions made to both European and Indian cultures as a result of the voyages of the explorers. In this social science instructional activity, students write a paragraph describing one of the contributions....
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Early Explorers

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders study European exploration routes and the technological advancements that occurred in the 15th and 16th centuries. They trace the routes of the explorers on maps and discuss destinations, origins, routes and dates of the...
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First European Settlers:Oh, California

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Students trace the paths of the early explorers who sent three expeditions to settle California. They analyze possible reasons why the land expeditions took longer than ocean routes.
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Worksheet #11 Questions - European Crusades

For Students 7th - 8th
In this European Crusade learning exercise, students examine several terms that relate to the aforementioned topic in ten fill in the blank questions.
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First Australians

For Students 4th - 7th Standards
Here you'll find an extensive textbook chapter on Australia's indigenous people and the impact of European settlers on aboriginal tribes. The text includes several images, graphs, primary and secondary sources, follow-up questions, and a...
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The Mystery of Exploration

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students comprehend the history of European exploration of North America. They are introduced to basic reasearch techniques. Students focus on four explorers who visited New York State: Verrazano, Cartier, Champlian, and Hudson. They...
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It’s a Big, Big World

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students examine the role of the explorers. In this explorers and conquistadors, students create word puzzles (Wordles) regarding the time period in history. Students conduct research regarding a particular explorer and create foldables...
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Eye on Exploration: Take a Second Look

For Teachers 5th
Students research the Age of Exploration. In this explorers unit, students examine why people became explorers, what the consequences of exploration were and what motivated the explorers. This is done through reading selections, studying...
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"Hard Luck" La Salle

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders examine life of French explorer, La Salle, and how he impacted settlement of Texas and the establishment of Catholic missions in Texas; students write letters from the perspective of an explorer.
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AIH-14: Changes to American Indian Cultures

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore American Indian cultures and changes caused by European exploration in North America.
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Lesson 6: Examining Events from Different Perspectives Friend or Foe?

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders sequence events of European exploration and colonization by creating timelines. They define the differences between primary and secondary sources. They discuss claims to Texas land in the 17th Century.
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Europeans Explore the East

For Students 9th - 10th
In this Europeans Explore the East worksheet, students examine a timeline to answer questions about exploration. They then explain in a written response the role of the Dutch East India Company.
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Second Star To the Left and Straight On 'Till Morning" - Spreadsheet Driven Exploration of Pacific Asian Geography

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explore the geography of Pacific Asia. The class is divided into two groups to participate in a role-play activity where they act as European explorers. Students utilize mathematics, spreadsheet and internet technology to make...
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Everything was up to date in 1628

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students view a video of Colonial House, a reality series where people lived according to the standards of European immigrants to the U.S. in 1628. For this colonial history lesson, students research changes in geographic areas over time...
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Age of Exploration

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders identify what the significance of the discoveries that explorers made on the economy and their relative country were. They also identify and interpret why Europeans were interested in discovering new lands and markets....
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I'll Trade a Ponce de Leon for a Columbus...

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders research the discovery of the Americas by various explorers. They create a multiedia presentation about an explorer of their choice including their motivations, obstacles, and successes. Their explorer information will be...
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European Exploration

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders use their research information to design their explorer slide using PowerPoint after observing the teacher's model. They design the first slide as a team coming up with a title, slide 2 should give background, slide 7...
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European Exploration of North America

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Learners listen to teacher lecture and then discuss European exploration in North America. They focus on the motivation, obstacles, and accomplishments of the Spanish, French, and English explorations.
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Discoverers and Explorers

For Students 4th - 5th
In this discoverers and explorers worksheet, students read short paragraphs about Christopher Columbus, Magellan, Sir Francis Drake and Walter Raleigh.
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Exploring Explorers

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders illustrate the routes taken by different explorers on a world map. They explain the need for the different exploration voyages. Students explore the web for information that may contain different points of view or...
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The Black Legend, Native Americans, and Spaniards

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Delve into the complex social and political structures of Native Americans prior to the arrival of European colonists. This video provides an overview of pre-Columbian America, with particular regard to the the colonization efforts of...
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Cyberhunt: Ahoy! Columbus

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students explore world history by participating in a biographical activity. In this Christopher Columbus lesson, students utilize the Internet to research historical facts about the man who founded America. Students complete a worksheet...
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A Day inthe Life of a San Francisco Native Animal

For Teachers 4th - 5th Standards
Although the instructional activity is specifically about the San Francisco Bay area, it's good enough to be adapted to any local region. Children research what the landscape in San Francisco was like prior to settlement, they consider...
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War and Nation Building in Latin America: Crash Course World History 225

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Does war hinder the growth of nation-states, or does it facilitate development? A video from Crash Course World History examines this question in the context of Latin America, particularly how the lack of international war in Central and...
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Carta de Pedro Menéndez de Avilés

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Spanish learners peek back into history by reading a copy of an original letter written in the sixteenth century by Pedro Menéndez de Avilés. To show their comprehension, they respond to a series of provided questions. For writing...
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The Great Exchange

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders examine the connection that the present has to the past and how different cultures impact each other with lasting results. They discuss European exploration in North America and West Africa by describing cultural...
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Early Travel Routes

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore explorers in the Pacific Northwest by examining primary source documents. After the research is finished students write a journal as if they were one of the explorers. Visual aids are needed as well.
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How Does Your Garden Grow? Discovering How Weather Patterns Affect Natural Cycles

For Teachers 7th - 12th
For the warm-up in this cool climate lesson, you will need to click on "Mapping" and then "US Mapping" once you arrive at NOAA's "US Climate at a Glance" page. Earth science explorers realize that 2012 was a warm winter for us. They read...
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Mapping Mistakes

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers examine early European maps and explore geographic errors. They also view maps of the geography of North America. Students discuss the obstacles faced by early explorers in mapping unexplored territory. They consider...
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This Just In: Exploreer Neets Wabanaki Indians

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students engage in a research of the Wabanaki Indians using a Social Studies textbook. Then the teacher reviews the information with the students. Then they work in groups to decipher the meaning of a primary source document and write a...
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Bartering: Then and Now

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students define the word barter and participate in a barter session. They make a written comparison of the early fur trade and their experience in the classroom "Barter Day".
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Voyage to the New World

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners examine the exploration of the New World. They write a descriptive account of the first encounter between Europeans and Native Americans, analyze and label maps, plot Columbus's journey on a map, and write a chapter summary.
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Exploration Resume Project

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders take on the role of a European explorer and create a resume, or personal data sheet, listing his achievements in reverse chronological order. They draw and label a map and list what the explorer did to add to Europe's...
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The Race to Dominate the Known World

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students describe cause/effect relationship of a European country's need for resources, exploration, colonization, and settlement of different regions of the world beginning in the 14th Century, and role play representatives of assigned...
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Ocean Exploration

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Sea explorers and scientists have found that because of temperatures being two to three degrees Celsius at the bottom of the ocean, most animals are lethargic in order to conserve energy. In this web quest, pairs of learners read about...
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iTravel

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students explore St. Augustine, Florida. They plan a two-day trip, selecting landmarks and attractions to be visited. Students create and present a movie about St. Augustine.
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Who Was Christopher Columbus?

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Does Christopher Columbus deserve credit for "discovering" America? What was the impact of the Age of Exploration on native peoples? 
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Incan Times

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
How did 168 conquistadors take down the Incan empire? Through several activities, from presenting mini-lectures based on an article to designing newspapers about the Spanish conquest, your young historians will learn about the Incan...
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Africa: Names and Nations of Note

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers explore Africa. In this global studies lesson, students research the history of African nations, noting the impact of European colonization and other historical events. High schoolers design posters about the nations they...
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What They Left Behind: Early Multi-National Influences in the United States

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students research the impact of European voyages of discovery and colonial influence on different aspects of American culture. They access a number of online sources and reference maps to trace the influences of England, France, Holland,...
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Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable: Haitian Frontier Fur Trapper and Explorer

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders investigate the life and contributions of Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable. They read and discuss an informational handout, define five words from the passage, conduct Internet research, and write a journal entry from the...
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Writing Exercise: The Encounter and Columbian Exchange

For Students 7th - 9th
Examine the effects and interrelationships that came about because of the Columbian Exchange. Learners answer three short essay questions to improve their expository writing skills and understanding of early globalization.
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The Age of Exploration

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Do you want to give your class a quick glance at the Age of Exploration? Well, here's your chance to show a presentation with minimal information and cool pictures. Useful to incite a class discussion or inquiry, but lacking in detail....
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Columbus wants to find a shorter route to Asia

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders identify the reasons why Columbus wanted to find a shorter route to Asia. They make a timeline of the sequence of events surrounding his explorations. Students draw a map of the routes taken by early explorers around...
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Columbus Day

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students see that there is often more than one perspective of an historical event. They examine both European and Native American perspective of the European colonization of America, then respond in writing or in pictures to...
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How Would You Feel?

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders put themselves in the shoes of aborigines who were displaced from their homes in the 1800s by Europeans who came in and took their land from them. They discuss the social injustices suffered by these people, and write a...
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Discovering the New World

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Pupils study the different early European explorers that came to the Americas, They complete the following explorer project. They work in pairs and choose one explorer from the provided list.
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Exploration: Writing Research Papers

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students use the Internet to search for model research papers, analyze the style of introductions. They write an introduction to a research paper on European explorers. This research project may be completed individually or with students...
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Tacoma Narrows Bridge

For Teachers 6th - 11th
Students, in groups, create a profile of different Pacific Northwest explorers. They develop PowerPoint presentations and maps to showcase their findings.
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Who Were the Explorers?

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders use the NebraskAccess website to gain information relevant to a specific explorer. They practice note-taking skills.
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The Sounds of an Island: Jamaican Music for the Classroom

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Introduce young explorers to the music and history of Jamaican culture through game songs and dances. As a bonus, class members get to play simple songs transcribed for the recorder.
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Columbian Contexts

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers explore geo-political and economic contexts for the European Renaissance journeys of exploration, including those of Columbus, create cartographic symbols, and add those symbols to a print-out of Ptolemy's map.
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What Was Columbus Thinking?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Why is Christopher Columbus one of the most studied figures in history? Upper graders will investigate why Christopher Columbus traveled to the New World and what happened to the native people he encountered. They read and discuss...
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Christopher Columbus: The Man, the Myth, the Legend

For Teachers K
Learn more about maps by examining Christopher Columbus's voyage to the New World. Kindergartners will learn about basic map skills and how to identify the compass rose, oceans, and land masses. They will also discover the purpose of...
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The American Holocaust: The Impact of Epidemic Diseases on North America in the 16th Through 17th Centuries

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students examine the American Holocaust. In this Native American history lesson, students conduct research on infectious diseases that wiped out population of indigenous peoples brought to the New World by Europeans in the 16th and 17th...
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Discovery of America

For Teachers 10th - 11th
Students examine the European conquest of North America. They participate in activities which allow them to discover the indigenous peoples of the region. They also place events in chrongological order.
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America's Stone Age Explorers

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students watch a Nova program examining the earliest in habitants of the Americas. In groups. they take notes on various topics covered in the program. Among the topics covered are: the Clovis people, Solutrean culture, migration...
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Early History and Exploration Unit

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
We all know about Christopher Columbus, but who else explored the Americas, and specifically, the future United States of America? Learners find out these answers and more in a resource that includes four different reading sections,...
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The Czech Republic in the European Union

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students identify the pros and cons of the Czech republics membership in the European Union. In pairs, representing both sides of the issue, they debate its participation in the Union. Students develop presentations and debate the issue.
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Unit 1: Cortes and the Aztecs: Different Views of the World

For Teachers 4th - 10th
Students explore the Aztec culture and the Conquistadors. For this Aztec lesson, students investigate the language and culture of the Aztec civilization. Over several days and lessons, students expand their study to explore the impact of...
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Exploring Indiana's Natural Resources

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders complete a variety of activities as they study the European exploration of the Midwest, focusing on Indiana. They map the path explorers took, comparing the British with the French. They research why the explorers stopped...
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Conquistadors

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders cooperate in groups to research ten different Spanish conquistadors. They enter relevant information about each explorer into a spreadsheet.
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Ponce de Leon

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders explain that the discoveries of Ponce de Leon were important, both in and of themselves and to the destinies of Europeans and Native Americans. They write an essay highlighting two of his important discoveries.
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Multiple Perspectives: Newspaper Stories and Editorials

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Newspapers are the perfect medium through which to explore different perspectives in informational text. After researching the fur trade and resultant colonization, groups write a newspaper, including an editorial page, selecting one of...
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The Colonization of the United States

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Bring the Age of Exploration into the 21st century with this ancestry activity! Learners get a chance to explore the complex genealogy of the Spanish settlers through watching two video clips (approximately five minutes each) featuring...
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Chapters 14 & 15 – Age of Exploration

For Students 9th - 12th
In this U.S. history worksheet, learners read assigned textbook pages regarding the Age of Exploration and respond to 49 short answer questions.
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The Early History of Haiti

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders make list of places Columbus explored on his first journey to Americas, locate island of Hispaniola on map, examine groups of people who have inhabited island, complete blank map and key of Hispaniola, and research early...
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de Soto's Expedition: An Alternate Route

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources. In this Exploration Age lesson, 8th graders compare historical maps with new maps focusing on the route of Hernado de Soto.
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Columbus Day

For Teachers K - 2nd
Explore the significance and meaning behind the celebration of Columbus Day. Through instructor lecture and demonstration, students identify some of the events and accomplishments associated Columbus' mission. Working in groups, they...
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Globe Skills Lesson 2: Paving the Way for Columbus

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Students explore the expedition of Christopher Columbus. In this geography skills instructional activity, students consider the technological advances that made Columbus's expedition possible as they complete a latitude and longitude...
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Pivotal Perspectives

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners examine perspectives regarding art. In this art interpretation lesson, students participate in a Socratic seminar based on their analyses of Javier Marin's work that revolves around assimilation and indigenous cultures.
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Early Exploration of North America

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders "travel" from Europe to North America as Columbus did. They organize the information into chronoglogical order.
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Why Europeans Explored

For Teachers 6th - 11th
In this motivations behind exploration study guide worksheet, students read a brief overview pertaining to the time period in world history and then respond to a reflection question.
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In the Wake of Columbus

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Young scholars explore how the population decreased in native cultures.
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Columbus: Hero or Villain?

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explore Christopher Columbus's motives. In this character education lesson, students research Internet and print sources regarding the life and actions of Christopher Columbus in order to write essays that his actions as the...
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Critical Thinking About the Arrival Of Columbus

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students look at the journey of Columbus from different point of view. In this Columbus lesson, students complete 4 different lessons. They include point of view, role-playing, opposing viewpoints, stereotypes and racism. 
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SIX WIVES OF HENRY VIII

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Students research one of the six wives of Henry VIII in groups to provide expert presentations. In this European History lesson, students view a film and take notes on Henry VIII's wives. Students evaluate the information from the...
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Lives of Native Americans and Settlers

For Teachers 3rd - 11th
Students assess the effect of contact between the Native Americans and Europeans after 1492. They explore the lives of the early European colonists and the Native Americans living along the East Coast of North America. Lesson contains...
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The French in Texas

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders use Internet to examine early French exploration and settlement in Texas, and write journal entries from point of view of 17th Century French settler, French or Spanish explorer, or Native American whose land was taken.
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Alaska

For Students 4th - 5th
In this Alaska worksheet, students complete 6 pages of readings and questions about the state of Alaska. Included are general facts, First Nation groups, European arrival, industry and people. Each page has a short text and 6 multiple...
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The Tempest

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students discuss cultural beliefs about magic. They investigate European exploration and colonialism. They create a cartoon strip of an episode that is described or dramatized in the play.
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Christopher Columbus-Paper Hat

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students make a Christopher Columbus paper hat using construction paper, glue, glitter and markers. In this Christopher Columbus lesson, students research the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria as references for constructing their "voyage hat."
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Exploration of North America

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders examine some famous explorers who have helped to discover our country. They discuss explorers from three countries today. They are: Spain, Portugal, and England.
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Early North Carolina Exploration (warm-up activity)

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders focus on the European perspective of exploration and findings along the North Carolina coast.
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Columbus' Perception of the New World

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
students investigate readings relating to the voyage of Columbus in 1492 and to make historical connections based on those readings. They form pairs to share insights and answer specific questions, and share information in a final class...
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Other Worlds: The Voyage of Columbus

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students utilize Internet sites to explore and compare current ideas and opinions concerning the impact of christopher Columbus' famous voyage of 1492.
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Colonization

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore why the Americas attracted Europeans, why they brought enslaved Africans to their colonies, and how Europeans struggled for control of North American and the Caribbean.
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Little Elk, 1829

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students read and analyze a speech by Little Elk. They identify the main argument, discuss the problem facing the tribe, and write a two-page response to the speech, or research the debate over the use of American Indian names and mascots.
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The Spanish Explorations

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students perform research about the first Spanish explorers to come to the Americas. The students undertake a variety of activities to better comprehend this time period in history.
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There Is No Place Like Home! U. S. Immigration in the 1800's.

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students explore immigration in the late 1800's. They identify and describe the settlement patterns of European immigrants to the U.S. Students work in groups to research immigration from specified countries.
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Conquering North America

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students create a study guide on colonization of North America. In this American Colonization lesson, students complete a chart of explorers and their conquests. Students complete a crossword puzzle using explorer facts. Students read...
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Christopher Columbus Who?

For Teachers 8th - 9th
Pupils recreate a "60-minutes" interview using cue cards and historical information on the Chinese explorer Zheng He. This lesson is an excellent introduction to World History during the 1400's.
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Aloha, Hawaii - Our 50th State - a Crossing of Cultures

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students become familiar with the circumstances of the Hawaiian people and the changes that took place when Europeans arrived on the islands. In addition, students learn of customs and lifestyles of both groups of people.
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Pre-Columbian Native Peoples and Technology

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explore Pre-Columbian native cultures. In this Exploration Era lesson, students define the words "primitive," "civilized," and "technology." Students consider the connotations of the words and then investigate misconceptions...
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Developing Dialogue

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Why do people argue?  Use the article "A Holiday Medley, Off Key" to discuss the struggles that interfaith couples face when choosing to celebrate certain holidays. Then, in small groups, encourage learners to write dialogues that...
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Broken Promises

For Students 4th - 5th Standards
This comprehension worksheet asks readers to respond to a series of questions based on an article about the treatment of native peoples.
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A Day in the Life of a San Francisco Native Animal

For Teachers 4th - 5th Standards
Before Google, before Sillicon Valley, before the Gold Rush, the San Francisco landscape was a biome filled with grizzly bears, mule deer, tule elk, coyotes, gray fox, gophers, and moles. To explore the early days of yesteryear, kids...

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