Explorers to the Americas: Choice Board/Tic-Tac-Toe Activities is a set of 9 activities shown on a “choice board” designed in a tic-tac-toe format. How the classroom teacher decides to use the choice board is up to him or her; students could be assigned to complete 3 in any direction, or even all 9 over the course of the unit.
I have generally followed Robert Marzano’s Instructional Strategies in creating the activities. The activities are:
1. Compare and contrast two explorers (students choose or are assigned two explorers to compare and contrast);
2. Summarizing a one-page text “How the Vikings Came to North America”;
3. Writing about the challenges explorers faced over different time periods and in different parts of the Americas;
4. Creating a webquest about explorers who explored in Central and South America for other students to complete;
5. Creating a storyboard and short scene description for a scene from North and South American exploration history of the student’s choosing;
6. Creating an imaginary interview with an explorer (the students are given the choice of one explorer from a group of four - John Cabot, Ferdinand Magellan, Christopher Columbus, and Sieur de La Salle) and explaining why they are interested in discovering the answers to their questions;
7. Designing their own exploration project (not necessarily to be completed) with whatever elements they would like to incorporate and in whatever style they wish to present it;
8. Native Americans, First Contact - Students write about how life changed for the native peoples of the Americas just after European contact and how it is different now; and
9. Making questions for answers provided for a short text about the naming of the Americas after Amerigo Vespucci.
Flexibility is built into this product so that you the teacher can use its components as it best suits the needs of you and your class! The activities would work well as part of an interactive notebook.
This product is also part of a Explorers to the Americas Mega Bundle of 6 which can be seen here: Explorers to the Americas Bundle of 6 Items
The individual components of the mega bundle can be seen here:
Explorers to the Americas 24 Graphic Organizers
Explorers to the Americas Task Cards and Quiz Cards
Explorers to the Americas Poster Set
Christopher Columbus Has the Santa Maria Been Found
Explorer Henry Hudson Texts and Activities