Samuel de Champlain Teacher Resources
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To compare how the Spanish, French, and English approached the exploration of North America, class groups examine primary source documents and become experts on one of four explorers: Francisco Coronado, Robert LaSalle, Samuel de Champlain, or John Cabot.
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
First Impressions Through Word and Images
Students investigate how their town has changed by examining the first settlers. In this U.S. History lesson, students investigate the lives of Samuel de Champlain, John Smith and other early settlers. Students write descriptive paragraphs about how their community has changed since those early times.
1st - 3rd Social Studies & History
The Order of Good Cheer: Living It Up at 'Club Champlain'
Young scholars explore world history by participating in a role playing activity. In this famous leaders lesson, students research the explorer Samuel de Champlain and identify his most successful achievements. Young scholars share the information they have researched with the rest of the class by role-playing as though they are Champlain.
6th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts
Lesson 1: English-Indian Encounters
What did the English settlers think of the Native Americans inhabiting the Chesapeake region of the United States? Learners analyze a series of documents and images to determine the English perception of the local inhabitants. A great lesson plan including extension activities, additional related lessons, primary source documents, and images.
8th - 10th Social Studies & History
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 learning exercise categorizes explorers by nationality, and includes each explorer's lifespan and famed voyage of exploration.
4th - 11th Social Studies & History
Chapter 2: Vocabulary
Life for the early colonists must have been very difficult. Fortunately, key concepts, vocabulary, and people from the colonial period will be no trouble for your class after they view this presentation. Here are 20 slides, each containing a single concept or word and definition, all related to colonial times.
5th - 6th Social Studies & History
Marquette and Joliet Explore the Mississippi in 1673
Students locate and name the St. Lawrence River, the five Great Lakes, and the Mississippi River on a modern map. They find Quebec, Michilimackinac, Wisconsin, and Chicago on that map. They find the same places on a 1681 map.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History
Eye on Exploration: Take a Second Look
Students research the Age of Exploration. In this explorers unit, students examine why people became explorers, what the consequences of exploration were and what motivated the explorers. This is done through reading selections, studying vocabulary, conducting research, and hands-on activities.
5th 21st Century Skills
Then and Now: Exploration and Explorers
Sixth graders view pictures to discuss then and now. In this exploration age instructional activity, 6th graders view pictures as primary sources and discuss the differences between then and now. Students recognize the reasons people explored.
6th Social Studies & History
Harvesting the New World: Changing Land Uses and Contact Between Cultures in Colonial Times
Ninth graders differentiate the Native American and European values. In this world history lesson plan, 9th graders define colonialism in their own words. They study the effects of epidemics and other diseases to Native American populations.
9th Social Studies & History
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 activity, they discuss the effects of the French Revolution and how certain people can have effect on the history of the world.
9th - 12th English Language Arts
Students research famous explorers. In this exploration age instructional activity, students research the accomplishments of John Cabot, James Cook, Francis Drake, Martin Frobisher, and Henry Hudson. Students use their research findings to create maps of the explorers' routes.
5th - 7th Social Studies & History