This is a super fun and informative game that teaches students about the European Age of Discovery. It exposes students to the regions discovered as well as the main Spanish explorers and the types of ships they sailed. Players select and purchase a ship, hire an explorer based on his abilities, load up with supplies and head out to explore. Over the course of the game, students chart their course and discover important regions, land features, native civilizations and resources in both Africa and the New World. Students record each discovery on their handouts. Once they arrive back in Spain they use the information they recorded to answer Queen Isabella's questions. If she is satisfied with their answers, she will award them with gold to finance their next expedition.
The best part is that the game is FREE on the iPad App Store :).
The zip file includes...
1) Teacher directions on what to do prior to class as well as how to teach the game to your students during class so that they will get the most out of it.
2) Two-page handout for students to complete as they play the game. They record information about their explorer, type of ship as well as what they discovered.
3) Explanatory Paragraph assignment where the students use the information they recorded while playing the game to explain what they learned about the Age of Discovery. There are detailed instructions as well as an Explanatory Paragraph Checklist that will provide guidance for your students as they write their paragraphs.
4) Narrative Paragraph assignment where the students use the information they recorded while playing the game to write a journal entry as the explorer they learned about. There are detailed instructions as well as a Narrative Paragraph Checklist that will provide guidance for your students as they write their paragraphs..
You can assign either the Explanatory Paragraph or Narrative paragraph assignments or both, depending on how much time you have.
My students love playing this game and have learned so much about the Age of Discovery. I know yours will too!
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