Voyages of Discovery Teacher Resources
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Voyage of Discovery
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.
5th - 10th Science 15 Views 64 Downloads
Journey to the Unknown
Learners 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.
5th - 6th Science 4 Views 22 Downloads
What They Left Behind: Early Multi-National Influences in the United States
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.
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History 4 Views 32 Downloads
Teaching Elementary School Social Studies
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.
Higher Ed Social Studies & History 16 Views 10 Downloads
The Great Age of Exploration (1400-1550)
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.
7th - 12th Social Studies & History 335 Views 262 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Mysteries of Vernacular: Yankee
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.
2 mins 7th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 2 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Early English Exploration and Settlement of the Colony of Virginia
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.
5th - 6th Language Arts 25 Views 681 Downloads
What Was Columbus Thinking?
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.
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History 17 Views 99 Downloads
Daniel Boone and the Opening of the Bluegrass State
Learners 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.
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History 5 Views 33 Downloads
Space Science: Journey Through the Solar System
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.
5th - 8th Language Arts 18 Views 84 Downloads
Exploring the West with Lewis and Clark-Living as a Member of the Corps of Discovery
Students research the journey of Lewis and Clark. In this Westward Expansion instructional activity, 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.
5th - 7th Social Studies & History 5 Views 33 Downloads
Journey To the Unkown
Young scholars 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.
4th - 7th Science 3 Views 8 Downloads
The Lewis and Clark Expedition
Students examine journals and documents to investigate Lewis and Clark's explorations and how they relate to the concept of Manifest Destiny. They consider the impact of modern civilization to some of the areas Lewis and Clark wrote about.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 17 Views 44 Downloads