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Students develop a sense of the scale of our solar system by creating a one to ten billion scale model. They calculate the relative sizes and distances for the planets and asteroid belt using a guiding worksheet. To create the model they place traffic cones at the appropriate distances on a field or sidewalk and use food items such as poppy seeds and gum balls to represent each planet.
Young scholars examine how we use submersibles. In this technology based lesson, students examine various technologies used by submersibles in ocean exploration.
Students examine how the European voyages of discovery influence American culture even today. They map eighteenth century Europe's impact on the United States.
Students explore the ocean depths. In this scenario based lesson, students pretend they are on a submarine in an unknown part of the ocean. By using clues the class discusses and determines where they are in the ocean. They follow up this activity by discussing why it is important to explore the ocean.
Students research the impact of European voyages of discovery and colonial influence on different aspects of American culture. They access a number of online sources and reference maps to trace the influences of England, France, Holland, Spain, Russia (among others) on the United States.
Students identify possible social studies themes that can come from the video, "Voyage of Discovery". They list the five themes of geography. They develop elementary-level interdisciplinary unit plans for social study content. They identify elementary level social studies themes.
Students create individual "travel logs" for a world explorer whom they studied in history class. This lesson is an interdisciplinary activity for the Language Arts and History classroom.
Delve into the Age of Exploration with this activity-packed resource! Complete with a pre-test, discussion questions and quiz for a 30-minute video on the period, map activities, timeline of discoveries, vocabulary, etc. this is a goldmine for ideas and activities associated with exploration in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
An American? Someone from New England? Anyone who lives north of the Mason-Dixon line? A New York baseball player? A dandy? A short video doodles around with the etymology of all an American word and how its meaning has evolved from 1601 to the present, from the Dutch work Janke to a pejorative term for all Americans in 1758, from to a label of national honor during and after the Revolutionary War in 1783, to a mocking reference to Union soldiers during the Civil War. Create your own list of words and set young etymologists off on their own voyage of discovery.
Sanges, Portugal is of great significance in the world of ancient exploration. It was what was believed to be" Land's End," but as we now know it wasn't! Learn all about the travels and navigational triumphs of Prince Henry the Navigator. Wonderful photographs will make this a visual treat for learners.
With resource links, a detailed procedure, embedded primary source documents, and a Readers Theater script, you're ready to teach! Re-enact historical events in order to boost historical perspective, discern main ideas, and draw inferences. Read a historical document containing various perspectives on Columbus' journey to find new land. Use those documents as the basis for a Readers Theater performance focused on British colonization and commerce.
Why is Christopher Columbus one of the most studied figures in history? Upper graders will investigate why Christopher Columbus traveled to the New World and what happened to the native people he encountered. They read and discuss excerpts from Columbus's letters and journals, conduct research, and complete a graphic organizer.
Students research famous explorers. For this world explorer lesson, students investigate the reasons behind world exploration, famous explorers, and the countries that backed expeditions.
Students examine the explorations of Daniel Boone and his part in the exploration and development of the state of Kentucky. In small groups they conduct Internet research, and create a PowerPoint presentation or a poster using their research findings.
Students identify and research navigational tools used in deep sea explorations. They are introduced to a compass, the Global Positioning System and sonar technology and then describe their uses in underwater exploration.
Students explore the Solar System and examine the characteristics of al the planets. Through research and discussion, they create catalogs of the Solar System's components. Next, students use their findings to create Powerpoint versions of their catalogs. The lesson plan concludes with students creating travel brochures of a chosen planet.
Students research the journey of Lewis and Clark. In this Westward Expansion lesson, students select a topic form a list then role play as if they were a part of the Corps of Discovery. Students will share their role play skit with the class.
Students explore the ocean rift habitat off the Galapagos through an audio expedition, Internet research on deep sea animals, an explorer game and simulation of the exploration of the deep sea bottom. They focus on the actual NOAA expedition using the ALIVIN submersible.
Fourth graders trace their family history to find family members with ranching or farming backgrounds. For this farming lesson plan, 4th graders also construct maps, graphs, charts, tables, and cartoons about farming.
Students complete two activities to study Charles Darwin's Theory of Natural Selection. They read Darwin's journal from the voyage of the Beagle and look at the scientific ideas that influenced the development of his theory.

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