17th Century Exploration Teacher Resources
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New Review The 17th Century: Gateway to the Modern World
The key ideas in this 50-minute video lecture is that commerce and trade transformed the seventeenth century, that wars previously fought over religious beliefs transformed into wars over economic resources, and that the quest for goods led to exploration and discovery.
49 mins 11th - Higher Ed Social Studies & History 3 Views 0 Downloads
Settlement Exploration: Then and Now
NASA has crafted an imaginative and memorable series of lessons, "NASA and Jamestown Education Module." This instructional activity is one of the five components. In it, middle schoolers connect history and science by comparing the settlement of Jamestown in the 1600s to a future settlement of the lunar surface.
6th - 8th Science 20 Views 109 Downloads
Voyages in a Bottle
Students uncover the method for easily building a ship in a bottle. Then they fabricate a 3-D model of the ship(s) used on an exploratory sailing voyage and display it in a plastic bottle. Students also draw a map of the world their explorers believed in, in the style of the time period, and compare it to a new map.
4th - 12th Social Studies & History 5 Views 1 Download
The Children of Eric the Red Explore the West: The Norsemen Encounter Indigenous People of North America
Students read about Viking exploration and complete activities based on the Indigenous people they encountered. In this Viking exploration lesson plan, students compare and contrast stories, write a character sketch, and more.
5th - 8th Social Studies & History 8 Views 66 Downloads
Imagining China through Words
When Europeans first came back with tales of China, they provided vivid written accounts and minimal visual imput. This resulted in art rendered mostly from descriptive language. Learners explore this phenomena by listening to descriptions of specific Chinese masterpieces, then attempting to use just the description to guide their drawing.
6th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 17 Views 25 Downloads
The Story Behind Your Glasses
Get a new view of vision enhancement with this innovative little film. The history of man's use of lenses and the advancement of optic technology is perused with captivating graphic animation and easy-to-follow narration. Incorporate this as an engaging introduction to your optics unit!
4 mins 8th - 12th Science 16 Views 14 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
An Age of Exploration
Young scholars investigate U.S. history by examining North American timelines. In this American exploration lesson, students research the events that led to Columbus finding America and participate in a jeopardy game regarding his adventure.
4th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 67 Views 266 Downloads
American Colonial Life in the Late 1700s: Distant Cousins
Young scholars research how early colonists lived. They investigate late 17th century colonist's lives from Massachusetts and Delaware. Using their research, students write historical fiction in the form of friendly letters between the two colonies.
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History 24 Views 132 Downloads
Build a Big Wheel
What does it take to prepare for a construction project? In an engineering lesson, youngsters examine how a Ferris wheel can turn and carry a load without falling apart. After reading up on big wheel designs, they create a model using pasta noodles, teabags, and other simple materials.
3rd - 12th Science 43 Views 69 Downloads
Spring Scale Engineering
After examining how a spring scale works, teams work together to design their own general measurement device. Reading material provides background information, but there is no part of the procedure in which learners handle an actual spring scale.
3rd - 12th Technology & Engineering 14 Views 34 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Why Are Blue Whales So Enormous?
Isn't it strange that Earth's largest animal lives on one of its tiniest? Using Sesame-Street-style puppetry, this video explains how this phenomenon happens. Viewers learn that a single mouthful of krill taken in by a whale has the calorie content of 1,900 hamburgers!
5 mins 3rd - 8th Science 6 Views 4 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Students study the history and culture of 17th century Japan by examining samurai. They review the format of haiku poetry and examine renga poetry. They examine Kamishibai, the Japanese storytelling form and apply it five facts they discover.
5th - 7th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 22 Downloads
Bang! You're Alive!-Ocean Exploration
Students explore plate tectonics, the "Big Bang" theory and Earth's history through geological evidence. For this understanding Earth's history lesson plan, students complete a 20 question worksheet on the history of Earth including a time line of Earth's major events.
9th - 12th Science 24 Views 102 Downloads
Exploring the History of the I&M Canal
Young scholars examine the building of the I & M canal in Chicago. Using the internet, they research the lives of the individuals who worked on the construction and develop a timeline of events. They explore the impact of the canal on Illinois and the country.
5th - 9th Social Studies & History 3 Views 5 Downloads
"World Enough, And Time"-Andrew Marvell's Coy Mistress
Students read and analyze the poem, "To His Coy Mistress," by Andrew Marvell. They identify the theme of each stanza, complete a worksheet, take an online quiz, and write about a single metaphor or image from the poem.
9th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 15 Downloads
East Asian Fiction and Non-Fiction Books
Readers explore East Asian culture and literature with a book folder project. Before beginning the project, learners record three beliefs they have about East Asian culture. They then select two books to read and create a display for the school library.
10th - 11th Language Arts 4 Views 17 Downloads
Students explore parabolas. In this algebra and technology lesson plan, students construct the equation of a specific parabola, then take digital photos of real-life representations of these parabolas. Students create a podcast with a partner explaining their mathematical calculation.
8th - 12th Math 3 Views 24 Downloads
Women in Science: Dr. Grace Bush
Learn about the study of paleoecology and then read about a female paleoecologist named Dr. Grace Bush, her work and her personal contributions to her field. After reading this one-page passage, students are given 5 short-answer questions designed to scaffold their comprehension of the reading and explore their personal interests in different scientific fields or careers.
6th - 9th Science 7 Views 106 Downloads