Global Impact of the Columbian Exchange

It's hard to imagine a life without chocolate, popcorn, or even potatoes! And what about pizza or pasta! Class groups research the Columbian Exchange and the positive and negative influences these trade routes had on not only European but also South American cultures.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Create a large-scale map that shows the various trade routes and the products carried in each direction
Classroom Considerations

  • Presumes a protocol has been established for a safe, respectful discussion of sensitive issues like the slave trade
  • Requires headphones and computers with internet access
Pros

  • Includes extension and differentiation suggestions
  • Includes links to related resources
Cons

  • None