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A fabulous unit of study on The Age of Discovery, European explorers, and Christopher Columbus is here for you. In these eight lessons, pupils study the affects these explorations had on other cultures. Hands-on activities include using navigational tools, enhancing mapmaking skills, and simulations regarding first contact. This outstanding series of lessons contain video links, resource links, worksheets, and a phenomenal teacher-created test to be given at the end.
Students explore the Aztec culture and the Conquistadors. In this Aztec lesson plan, students investigate the language and culture of the Aztec civilization. Over several days and lessons, students expand their study to explore the impact of Conquistadors on this ancient civilization.
Students investigate global geography by viewing images in a slide-show. For this famous explorers lesson, students observe a PowerPoint presentation showing drawings of geographical locations and the explorers who found them. Students sort the images based on different categories and their understanding of the subjects.
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 exploration decisions during the simulation. Through role-play, students discover European trading practices and geography of the area.
Tenth graders discuss what their prior knowledge of the exploration of the Americas/Caribbean and the history of the island of Haiti. They trace Columbus' journey from Spain to Hispaniola and locate Haiti in the Caribbean and read the passage underlining each time native people are mentioned.
Students explore the concept of crossing cultures through reading the stories "Help! My Father is Coming!" and "The Visit to Vijay's." In this culture lesson, students predict what will happen next in the stories. Students discuss the idea that we take many journeys in our lives, and that these journeys can shape who we are.
Fourth graders become familiar with the explorations of Hernando DeSoto. In this DeSoto lesson, 4th graders recognize the routes and territories of DeSoto's explorations. Students use primary and secondary sources and research to answer questions, create a diorama and complete worksheets on DeSoto's exploration in South Carolina.
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 famous modern descendants of the colonists over 300 years later. Viewing guides are included here along with answer keys. Be sure to click on "Lesson Activities" at the bottom of the page for a detailed description of discussion topics and procedures. There are three excellent homework ideas to help learners synthesize the material.