Columbian Exchange Old World, New World Reading Activity

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The Columbian Exchange was the exchange of goods between the Old World and the New World. This nonfiction social studies reading comprehension article details how this was done between Europe and the Americas and the effects it had on the Native Americans as well as the Europeans. Students will learn what was exchanged and how it was done.

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Students will:

  • Understand how goods were exchanged between the Old and New World

This lesson includes:

  • One page worksheet of informational text
  • One page of comprehension questions
  • Answer key

A blackline master copy and answer key are included.

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Total Pages
3 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
40 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.


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