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In the Wake of Columbus

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Students explore how the population decreased in native cultures.
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King John II of Portugal & Columbus: The Period of Discovery

For Students 5th - 7th
Having an interesting reading passage can really help some kids get into history. Here are five reading comprehension and recall questions related to the provided reading passage. They'll read about King John II of Portugal, his...
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Encouraging Answers

For Teachers 6th - 12th
What is the celebration of Columbus Day really about? Older learners use inquiry-based methods to find out who Columbus really was and what motivated his journeys. They take on the roles of town officials who must consider whether or not...
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Explorers Project

For Teachers 5th
Delve into the Age of Exploration with a multiple-intelligences research project. Learners generate a rubric and worksheet to guide their studies and research one explorer. There is emphasis on research skills, citing sources,...
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Make a Timeline

For Students 3rd - 4th
In this worksheet, students follow the directions carefully to construct a timeline of the life of Christopher Columbus. Detailed dates and events in order are provided.
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Columbus - Thanksgiving lesson plan

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Young scholars learn the history of Thanksgiving and Columbus Day, and they also create a "New World" mural in small groups.
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Christopher Columbus: The Man, the Myth, the Legend

For Teachers K
Learn more about maps by examining Christopher Columbus's voyage to the New World. Kindergartners will learn about basic map skills and how to identify the compass rose, oceans, and land masses. They will also discover the purpose of...
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The Latino Religious Experience: People of Faith and Vision

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explain why Columbus said the native peoples he encountered when he reached the New World were "a people who lived in God." They explain if Latinos can still be said to be "a people who live in God." Students explain the role of...
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The Age of Early European Explorations & Conquests

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Your students' world will literally take shape in this presentation, which chronicles the growing edges of the (flat) earth during European Exploration of New Worlds. Dias, da Gama, Magellean, and Columbus are key players in this game of...
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1492: Using Data to Explain a Journey

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students examine how Christopher Columbus made his way across the Atlantic.  For this data lesson students use an Internet program to navigate like Columbus. 
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Go West With Columbus

For Teachers K - 5th
Students play a board game where their tokens must move Columbus west. They choose cards which give commands to move in a coordinate direction. They practice moving west, north, east, south by playing the game.
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Where Did Foods Originate? (Foods of the New World and Old World)

For Teachers K - 12th
What do papayas, peanuts, pineapples, and potatoes have in common? Why, they are foods explorers brought back to the Old World. Young researchers use the Internet to investigate how New World explorers helped change the Old World's diet....
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Explore the Mathematics of the Explorers

For Teachers 3rd - 7th
Columbus and other explorers relied upon mathematical calculations using the Earth, stars, and ships speeds.
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Big Ten Explorers

For Teachers 4th - 5th
The explorers unit is always so exciting, and sometimes confusing. If your students need to know who went where and discovered what, then they will really appreciate this presentation. This  Information on 10 famous explorers is...
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An Age of Exploration

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Young scholars investigate U.S. history by examining North American timelines. In this American exploration lesson, students research the events that led to Columbus finding America and participate in a jeopardy game regarding his...
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Explorers & Early America: Columbus' Journey to Find a Western Sea Route to Asia

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders study Columbus and the route he took when he was exploring. In this social science, 3rd graders examine maps, analyze them, compare them to each other, and understand where Columbus wanted to go versus where he actually...
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But Where Is It On This Modern Map? A problem-solving, mind-boggling experience!

For Teachers 4th
Trace Columbus' voyages by locating them on 21st Century maps.  Using a navigators lesson, 4th graders will examine the Age of Exploration and trace Columbus's routes accurately on laminated world maps using different maps. Note: You...
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Comparisons

For Students 3rd - 4th
In this making comparisons in history learning exercise, students read 8 statements. Students put a C after statements that refer only to Columbus's voyage. Students put a P for those that refer only to the Pilgrims, a B for those that...
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Columbus wants to find a shorter route to Asia

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders identify the reasons why Columbus wanted to find a shorter route to Asia. They make a timeline of the sequence of events surrounding his explorations. Students draw a map of the routes taken by early explorers around...
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Writing Exercise: Mesoamerica

For Students 7th - 10th
Use writing to examine Mesoamerica with this short-answer exercise. Informational text isn't provided to help scholars answer these three questions, so you could either provide it or make it an individual research project. Learners...
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Early Explorers

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders research European explorers.  In this world history lesson, 5th graders will compare eight European explorers and identify important factual information about each.  Students will be engaged through game-play and...
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Explorers

For Students 6th - 8th
In this Explorers study guide worksheet, middle schoolers respond to 3 questions regarding Prince Henry the Navigator, Vasco da Gama, Columbus, Magellan, Cortez, Pizarro, Drake, and Cartier. Answers are included.
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The World, Flat?

For Students 3rd - 4th
In this discovery of America instructional activity, students name the three ships that sailed with Columbus to America. Students research why people believed the world was flat and write an essay.
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Christopher Columbus

For Students 4th - 8th
For this social studies worksheet, learners find the vocabulary terms and names related to the life and times of Christopher Columbus. The answers are found at the bottom of the page.