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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.
Map Skills: Explorers, Continents, and Oceans
Third graders use a software program to make and label a map of the world. On the map, they locate the seven continents, oceans and the countries of Europe. They also draw the routes of Christopher Columbus, Juan Ponce de Leon and Jacques Cartier. They save, print and share their maps with the class.
Sort it Out - Explorers: Columbus, Ponce de Leon, Cartier, Newport
Students determine why famous explorers, explored. In this explorers instructional activity, students sort pictures using SMART software. Students will discuss reasons for exploring, what exploring accomplishes, and what several famous explorers did.
Exploration of the Americas
Third graders demonstrate knowledge of exploration by naming and describing accomplishments of explorers. They use the internet to find corresponding information on the explorer and fill in a chart that is provided. Students also demonstrate choronological order of the American Exploration as well.
Canada: Nova Scotia
Fifth graders research Nova Scotia to gather information to relate geography and its effect on the people who live there. In this Nova Scotia lesson, access their prior knowledge to complete a map of Nova Scotia. Students work in groups and create pictures, role play, write a song or others as a clue for a location in the Nova Scotia notes.
The Search for the Northwest Passage
Third graders listen to lectures and research the motivations and history of the Spanish, French and English explorers searching for the Northwest Passage to India. They trace routes on maps and consider how these explorers helped shaped modern history.
Artifact Creation Activity
Creating an artifact that is representative of a specific time period provides an opportunity for amateur historians to understand the importance of primary sources. This resource describes the process for students to explore original or replica artifacts before researching and creating one from the era they are studying. These could include simulated diaries, propaganda posters, recipes, etc. A fun and educational activity!
List of Famous Explorers
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 and famed voyage of exploration. This is the perfect resource for your next class project on the Age of Exploration.
Early Exploration of North America
Third graders "travel" from Europe to North America as Columbus did. They organize the information into chronoglogical order.
Underground Railroad - Secondary
This is a one-day activity to explore the Underground Railroad and its impact on Canadian immigration. Class members explore the government's immigration policies in the past and present. It requires viewing a short video clip and responding to a series of discussion questions. There is no formal assessment.
Canada: A Land Rich in Beauty and Culture
Third graders in groups research the different regions of Canada. They create a timeline to put the major events of Canada's history in order.
Early American Explorers
Fifth graders research early American explorers before writing a vocabulary booklet. They chose one explorer to create a slideshow presentation about and design a bookmark to be displayed at the local library.
The Role of Maps In the Colonization of North America
Students investigate the geography of North America by viewing and identifying places on a map. In this U.S. Geography lesson plan, students view a PowerPoint slide show discussing the immigration to the U.S.A. Students define several vocabulary terms associated with the immigration to North America.
How the story of Columbus' Discover Fits into Time
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 Columbus took to America and his eventual discovery. Then they ask and answer questions about his voyage while commenting on the images. This is a very well designed activity from the Library of Congress.
Eat Smart, Play Hard
Students discover why breakfast is important. In this nutrition lesson plan, students read a "Power Up With Breakfast" worksheet and discuss the importance of breakfast. Students draw pictures of fruit they would want in their breakfast shake.
Technology in World War One
Students research the types of technology and weapons used in World War I. They form groups representing countries and simulate an arms auction each bidding for the weapons of their choice. They compare their research to the auction outcome.
Spain and France Influence in Europe and in the New World
Students examine the conditions in France and Spain during the Middle Ages and the Discovery of America. In groups, they compare and contrast the political situations in both countries and what effect they had on the New World. To end the lesson, they discuss the effects of the French Revolution and how certain people can have effect on the history of the world.
Sir Francis Drake: Through a Study of Maps
Students discover geography of our globe by researching Sir Francis Drake. In this famous explorers lesson plan, students view a PowerPoint presentation of global maps and pinpoint the travels made by Sir Francis Drake. Students identify all the towns, seas, oceans and countries he visited.
MAKE YOUR OWN MINUTE
Students create a historical minute based on a hero. They research the hero of their choice and write a script for two or three scenes with depict significant events from their heroes lives.
Welcome to North America
Fifth graders are introduced to their year-long study of North America. Students will investigate regions of North America, American Indian cultural regions and the influence of European colonization. During their study, 5th graders will create a picture book documenting their learning.