: Are you studying European explorers in social studies? More specifically, are you studying Columbus, Hudson, Cabot, Balboa, Cartier, and Ponce de Leon? Maybe you are introducing them or needing a review of details related to each one. If so, your students will enjoy this fun "European Exploration" word search!! If your students are like mine, they love these.
In this explorers themed puzzle, words are found forward, backward, up, down, and diagonal. I would consider it on the challenging side since students are looking for words in all directions, and the content may be more suitable for upper elementary.
I use word searches to introduce vocabulary, or even just give it as morning work. They are also great to glue in writing notebooks for future writing topics. Perfect for a sub, too. Have your students summarize details and events from each explorers' life during social studies. Maybe they could illustrate some of the details. Use it as a guide to have them share what they have learned about each explorer. How about homework or even to trigger their memory before state testing or a unit test. Use this European explorers word search however you would like in your classroom.
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For this puzzle, the information is broken into 6 parts for the the six explorers covered: Columbus, Hudson, Cabot, Balboa, Cartier, and Ponce de Leon. For each explorer, important words or phrases are given related to that explorer. Within the phrases, specific words or phrases are underlined, and those are the words students will find in the puzzle. For example, under Christopher Columbus, Queen Isabella is listed. The word 'Isabella' is underlined, and that is the word students will find in the puzzle.
Other words found in the puzzle include:
Dutch East India
Ponce de Leon
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