17th Century Exploration Teacher Resources
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Students gather information about a 15th to 17th century explorer and prepare a script in talk show format about the individual. Finally, students make a video following the script and present it to the class.
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. The lesson could result in an eye-opening class discussion.
Plimoth Plantation Field Trip
Take a virtual field trip to the Plymouth plantation. Using the site linked in the instructional activity, discover how people lived during the 17th century in this part of the country. Discuss the role of the pilgrims and native Americans in the formation of the new world. End the instructional activity by having students draw a picture of their house in the 17th century and what they would be wearing in the time period had they lived during it.
Explorer Trading Cards
Fourth graders make Explorer Trading Cards. They work with a partner and research information about the explorers.
An Age of Exploration
Students investigate U.S. history by examining North American timelines. For this American exploration lesson, students research the events that led to Columbus finding America and participate in a jeopardy game regarding his adventure. Students complete Internet activities about U.S. history and take a test.
Settlement Exploration: Then and Now
NASA has crafted an imaginative and memorable series of lessons, "NASA and Jamestown Education Module." This lesson 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. They consider three factors: location, soil, and weather conditions. This is a must-see! Implement it into your astronomy curriculum, US history studies, or fashion an entire interdisciplinary unit from it.
Bang! You're Alive!-Ocean Exploration
Young scholars explore plate tectonics, the "Big Bang" theory and Earth's history through geological evidence. In 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.
The American Holocaust: The Impact of Epidemic Diseases on North America in the 16th Through 17th Centuries
Learners 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 centuries. Learners prepare classroom presentations to share their findings.
The French in Texas
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.
Inference By Analogy
Students infer the use or meaning of items recovered from a North Carolina Native American site based on 17th-century European settlers' accounts and illustration.
Plant and Animal Classification
Students examine a painting by Frans Snyders and use Internet research to classify the animals portrayed in the painting according to genus and species.
Pivotal Images: Beginning, Middle, End
Students explore artistic techniques by analyzing numerous images. In this visual arts lesson, students discuss storytelling through visuals and identify the beginning, middle and end of a story. Students create their own visual stories by drawing three cohesive images in a specific order.
Eleventh graders study the Salem Witch Trials and the different theories for the hysteria. In this American History channel, 11th graders explore primary source documents to understand the stories of various people involved in the trials. Students write a fictional first-hand account as if living in Salem Village in 1692, which reflects one or more of the theories.
Early Explorers, Early Settlements and the Beginning of Democracy
Eighth graders research and discuss the early explorers, why countries sent out explorers, where they explored, and what their cultural contributions are to our US culture today.
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. For this Viking exploration lesson plan, students compare and contrast stories, write a character sketch, and more.
Exploring the Triangle Trade and The Middle Passage
Students explore the economic factors surrounding slavery in the United States, such as the Triangle Trade. In this American History lesson, students analyze primary sources such as narrative accounts and pictures, to gather information about the Middle Passage and the slave trade in the United States.
Early European Explorers
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 sponsor.
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 interactive notebooks.
Exploring the History of the I&M Canal
Students 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.
Tribes And Tribulations
Students explore South African history from pre-colonial times to today. They create a timeline of important events in South African history and reflect on connections between this timeline and the existence of tribal traditions in the country.