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An Adventure to the New World

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Description: You, as an agent for the King and Queen, are hereby authorized to make a journey to the New World on the behalf of our kingdom. All of our rivals are competing for land, trade and wealth. Whoever wins will be the strongest kingdom in Europe. It is imperative that you succeed. Standards 5.2.1, 5.2.2, and 7.11.1

Author: Susan Boilon, West Cottonwood JH

Lesson ID: 63

Age of Exploration Activities

Description: Choose from ten activities to learn about the technology of navigation, including a compass, astrolabe and quadrant. Learn about longitude and latitude and about the difficult life of the explorers and sailors on board ship. Standard 5.2.1

Author: Mariner's Museum

Lesson ID: 1373

Cyberspace Explorer: Getting to Know Christopher Columbus

Description: This lesson supports third- through fifth-grade students' exploration of multiple online sources to gather information about the life of a well-known explorer, Christopher Columbus. After completing a cyber scavenger hunt, students use their notes to prepare a timeline and summary report. Extension activities promote critical literacy by exposing students to Columbus from the perspective of the Native American and by engaging them in a discussion of point of view. The online activity used in this lesson can easily be adapted to study other historical figures (e.g., Martin Luther King, Cesar Chavez) and language arts topics (e.g., poetry, figurative language). Standard 5.2.1

Author: Jill Woolley Stafford, Woodbridge, Virginia

Lesson ID: 281

Excellent Explorers

Description: Aye Mates, Welcome aboard! You have just been chosen to set sail on a journey across the Atlantic Ocean to the ?New World?. Before embarking on your voyage, you must research the explorers who have come before you. Have you ever wondered which Europeans first traveled to North America, how they got there and what and who they found? Written for third grades, this WebQuest will help fifth graders discover the reasons why four famous explorers risked their lives to travel to the Americas. Standard 5.2.2

Author: Erin Kubarewicz, Brie Walsh, Katie Reiss and Danielle Smith, University of Richmond

Lesson ID: 1481

How did European Colonies in North America Differ?

Description: Look at colonial America from a geographic perspective. Locate the physical features of North America, the boundaries of lands controlled by the English, French, Spanish and Dutch, and explain how geography influenced claims and settlement. Describe the economic, political, and social factors that influenced the development of the colonies. Create a persuasive poster to bring immigrants for a specific colony. Standard 5.2.4, 5.3.1 and 5.4.5

Author: Council for Citizenship Education, Crossroads Curriculum

Lesson ID: 523

Life at Sea: Sores, Scabs, and Scurvy

Description: One of the major obstacles to European exploration was keeping a crew healthy long enough to make it the great distances involved. What kinds of diseases did sailors contract during the Age of Exploration and before? How did their captains try to deal with these diseases? Read Health Measures on Board and how Captain Cook tried to do a better job of saving his men than other captains. Standards 5.2.2 and 7.11.3

Author: Mariner's Museum, Newport News, Virginia

Lesson ID: 661

Marquette and Joliet Explore the Mississippi in 1673

Description: Between 1492 and 1580 the Spanish invaded Central America in search of silver and gold. Between 1534 and 1673 the French invaded North America in search of furs and souls. Their occupation began at seaboard villages, grew with the founding of Quebec in 1608, and rapidly spread to the Great Lakes. By 1622, when the Mayflower Pilgrims had barely moved a mile inland from Plymouth harbor, French explorer Etienne Brule was skirting the shores of Lake Superior. French exploration culminated in the famous voyage of Father Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet down the Mississippi in 1673. After that, the French built a great arc of military camps and trading posts that stretched from Newfoundland west through the Great Lakes and south to New Orleans that organized the Indians and challenged the British colonies until the end of the French and Indian War a hundred years later. Standard 5.2.3, 5.2.4, 5.3.1, and 5.3.2

Author: Wisconsin Historical Society

Lesson ID: 1136

Reasons for and Outcomes of the European Exploration: 1492 and 1620

Description: Rather than dwell on a chronology of explorers and accomplishments, this activity has been designed to emphasize in-depth research of a few explorers and to use this research to infer the exploration policies of the countries involved. The countries and explorers included are: Spain: Cortes, Pizarro, DeSoto, Coronado; France: Verrazano, de Champlain, Marquette and Joliet; England/Netherlands: Hudson, Gilbert, Frobisher. Standards 5.2.1, 5.2.2, 5.2.3, 7.11.1, and 7.11.2

Author: Council for Citizenship Education, Crossroads Curriculum

Lesson ID: 880

Spanish Galleons, The

Description: The galleon was an armed merchant ship during the era of Spanish exploration and trade. The galleons were driven by “sail power,” and the idea of Spanish Galleon catching the wind came from ancient times and remained unchanged until the invention of steam engines. As part of a small group you will research different parts of a sailing ship and their uses. All the groups will assemble a bulletin board display of a Spanish galleon.

Author: Institute of Texas Cultures

Lesson ID: 533

Summarize the Reasons Why English Settlers Came to America

Description: Using the Mayflower Compact as a primary source, identify and describe the reasons why the Pilgrims came to North America. Standards 5.2.2, 5.4.3, 8.2.1 and 11.1.2

Author: Council for Citizenship Education, Crossroads Curriculum

Lesson ID: 992

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