Exploration Unit: Informational Texts, Maps, & Activities Distance Learning

Grade Levels
4th - 6th, Homeschool
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Explorers & Exploration Integrated Unit for Upper Elementary

This integrated unit of study focuses on the European Exploration of the Americas. The unit includes a reading skill lesson (Cause and Effect), as well as a timeline activity. It includes 8 lessons and activities, including informational texts. The unit also includes a summative test. Everything needed to teach the material is included - just add pencils and crayons!

Lessons included are:

1. Cause & Effect

2. Timeline

3. Trade with Asia

4. Advances in Technology

5. The Race to Asia

6. Exploring the Americas

7. Life in the Colonies

8. The Columbian Exchange Activity

A summative test is also included.

Lesson Overview, Answer Key, and Teaching Tips are also included, as well as suggested CCSS Reading Standards and NCSS social studies standards. 5th Grade Florida social studies standards are also included.

This unit could be used with grades 4, 5, and 6.


How to Use This Unit

Teachers can use this unit in a number of ways.

- Social Studies Lessons

- Informational Texts

- Reading Skills

- Test Review

- Homeschool Spines

- Summer Slide Reading

Lessons include focused texts and most have at least one activity that requires students to apply what they learned in the reading.


Flexible Use

In order to accommodate the needs or teachers and homeschool families, the lessons are included in three different formats.

1. Flipbook - The flipbook is a paper saver! It is made with 4 sheets of copy paper, printed back to back. Simply fold and staple!

2. Folded Book - In case teachers only want to use some of the lessons, they are also included in a folded book format. The folded book is made by copying the lessons back to back, cutting the pages in half, and stapling!

3. Lesson Pages - Just want a full page lesson? They are also included in a pdf as well as in Google Drive.


Other Units & Bundle Available

Other topics are available in single units, as well as an American History bundle (U.S. Geography - 1850).

United States Geography Unit

Native Americans Unit

Explorers & Exploration Unit

Colonial America Unit

American Revolution Unit

US Government & Civics Unit

Westward Expansion Unit

These units are also available in an American History Unit Bundle These units cover U.S. Geography, Native Americans, and Exploration through Westward Expansion. The bundle is a savings of 20% off the individual purchase price for the 7 units.


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Total Pages
67 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.
Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.
By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 4–5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.


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