European Explorers: Hudson, Cartier, Cabot, Balboa, Ponce de Leon, Columbus

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Explorers ....Are you studying explorers? More specifically, are you studying European Explorers? This is a bundled pack of 6 biographies about famous European Explorers. It is the perfect pack to use when learning about European explorers and their discoveries as they searched and claimed new territories in North America and off the coasts. ***If you would rather have these formatted for interactive notebooks, read down and click the link below**

Using these explorer passages is a great way to integrate reading and social studies. It will allow you to work on non-fiction reading skills and strategies while covering the in depth history standards students are also responsible for mastering.

These explorers passages are perfect to use when introducing each explorer or to use as a review before state testing time. They can be used in reading or in social studies.

This pack on explorers includes a biography passage on each of the 6 explorers, along with a comprehension crossword puzzle related to the text.

Topics mentioned in the texts:

*important dates

Your students are sure to enjoy learning about European exploration and the discoveries of North American soil.


There are 6 biographies included in this pack. They can each be purchased separately, but you will get a savings by purchasing the bundle.

Please click the links below to see each of the explorers included.

Vasco Nunez De Balboa
Henry Hudson
John Cabot
Jacques Cartier
Juan Ponce de Leon
Christopher Columbus


Here are 2 additional passages on Christopher Columbus that are NOT included in the bundle, but that you might like to add on. They are formatted differently. You can read the individual descriptions by clicking the links.
Christopher Columbus- passage and student questions.
Christopher Columbus- passage and teacher questions.

**scroll down for other European Explorer Activities


In Georgia, 4th graders study these 6 explorers as part of the social studies curriculum, so this was written with them in mind. Because it is non-fiction though, the passage is really suitable for grades beyond 4th if you just need to learn factual information about this explorer. It is not just specific to Georgia kiddos either, as anyone could use it. :-)


Would you rather have these as formatted for interactive notebooks and not full page?

I have these same passages in two different formats.This particular pack on this page has passages that are full page with crosswords, but I also offer them for interactive notebooks that come with a flippable activity for each passage.

If you are interested in reading about interactive notebook version CLICK HERE.

The activities are different, but the passages are the same.


Other European Explorer Activities:

European Explorer Passage: Introduction with teacher questions
European Explorer Time Line
European Explorer Poster Book
Christopher Columbus Poster Activity
European Explorers Bingo Game

Be sure to check out the other social studies passages in my store. I have MANY to choose from :-)


Please... if you ever notice anything in my passages that needs to be corrected, such as a date or any other factual information, please send me a message before you rate the product. I do my best to research thoroughly and provide historical facts. I can look back over and have a new copy uploaded fairly quickly.

Also, if you notice typos or anything else, that is appreciated too. Even with several sets of eyes looking over my work, at times a word can be missed. Thanks so much ahead of time.
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European Explorers: Hudson, Cartier, Cabot, Balboa, Ponce
European Explorers: Hudson, Cartier, Cabot, Balboa, Ponce
European Explorers: Hudson, Cartier, Cabot, Balboa, Ponce
European Explorers: Hudson, Cartier, Cabot, Balboa, Ponce
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