Explorers to the Americas Mega Bundle of 6 Items
This bundle is made up of 6 of my Explorers to the Americas products. Each one can be bought individually in my store but by buying the bundle you save! The preview file for this listing includes a short preview for the first three items, the last three items have their complete preview included here. Please check the individual listings for 1, 2, and 3 below if you wish to see more details.
Please note that the preview file only shows two of the previews. The individual listings for all six items can be seen by clicking on the links below:
Explorers to the Americas 24 Graphic Organizers
Explorers to the Americas Task Cards and Quiz Cards
Explorers to the Americas Poster Set
Choice Board Tic Tac Toe 9 Activities
Christopher Columbus and the Mystery of the Santa Maria
The Explorers Henry Hudson Texts and Activities
The resources in this Exploration bundle are:
1) 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.
The second product is:
2) Henry Hudson, His Life and Times
This resource is one of my informational text series on the Explorers – Tales of Triumph and Tragedy. Each examines the accomplishments of an explorer and a mystery or tragic aspect of his life. Each consists of 3 original texts with an “Understanding the Text” page and a “Using Language” page. These activities give the students a chance to demonstrate their understanding of what they have read, using vocabulary, making inferences and evaluating historical content, and expressing themselves through writing.
The three passages in this unit discuss Hudson’s early life, his accomplishments as an explorer, and his mysterious end, the victim of a mutiny.
The unit is designed primarily for Social Studies students in grades 4-6 but could be used for informational text study in ELA. While the passages are continuous, each of the 3 texts can be used alone and assigned as the teacher wishes: in class over 1-3 days, as homework assignments, an independent projects, etc.
All passages are original (created by me) as are the activities. A full answer key is provided. Please follow my store for updates on future products! Please feel free to contact me in the Q & A section if you would like me to create a similar product for a specific explorer or other historical figure.
3) History in the News – Has Columbus's Ship the Santa Maria Been Found?
This is a great resource for helping students understand the relationship between history and modern events. It also encourages them to do solid research and helps them understand how research is crucial in the understanding of historical events.
In May of 2014 an underwater explorer claimed he had found the shipwreck of Columbus’ flagship, the Santa Maria. This resource looks at the background of the ship, the find by the underwater explorer, and if it is credible that it is indeed the Santa Maria. There are three passages each with a “before you read” question; there is also a one page question sheet that includes a comprehension question for each passage, a short vocabulary activity, and an opinion question on the “ownership” of the find. The information included in the passages was found on reputable websites. The passages are original, written by myself.
There are three additional activities:
1) Update: students research the internet for any updates on the topic and complete the organizer. The answer key for this activity includes two websites that would be helpful (and there are others online as well);
2) A “Underwater Archaeology Webquest” - students use a specific website to define underwater archaeology and to compare it to land archaeology and then choose a project from two websites provided (one for Canadian project sites and one for American project sites) to complete the questions about the archaeological project;
3) A “Finding Words within Words” puzzle in which students find words within the phrase “Underwater Find”. Great for earlier finishers!
Although I have not created any activities to go with it, YouTube has a short excerpt from a CNN news report about the shipwreck found by Barry Clifford which might be useful to show students. The URL is included.
Photos and maps used are from www.wikicommons.
Cover digital paper courtesy of http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Paula-Kim
Products 4, 5, and 6 in this Mega Bundle are also available in a smaller bundle which can be seen here Bundle of 3 Products
The three resources are:
4) Explorers to the Americas – 24 Graphic Organizers; which can be seen individually here Explorers to the Americas 24 Graphic Organizers
5) Explorers to the Americas – 24 Explorer Cards, 8 Task Cards, 8 Quiz Cards, which can be seen hereExplorers to the Americas Task Cards and Quiz Cards
6) Explorers to the Americas – Set of 24 Explorer Posters and Student Templates which can be seen here
Explorers to the Americas Poster Set
Each item above covers the following explorers:
Roald Amundsen, Vasco Nunez de Balboa, Daniel Boone, John Cabot, Jacques Cartier, Samuel de Champlain, Christopher Columbus, Hernan Cortes, James Cook, Francis Drake, Leif Ericson, Martin Frobisher, Henry Hudson, Sieur de La Salle, Meriwether Lewis & William Clark (one poster), Alexander Mackenzie, Ferdinand Magellan, Robert Peary & Matthew Henson (one poster), Francisco Pizarro, Juan Ponce de Leon, Pierre Radisson, Walter Raleigh, George Vancouver, and Giovanni da Verrazano.
24 Graphic Organizers:
Each explorer has a graphic organizer for students to complete with simple biographical facts, the explorer’s important accomplishments, and what we can find today at the sites or area of exploration. Students are also provided space on each sheet to draw a map of the explorer’s route(s). This activity is designed so that it is flexible for the classroom teacher to use: it can be used as an introductory activity, a review and summative activity, or as a part of individual project or a classroom display. It will help the student organize information on various explorers. It is also designed so that teachers do not have to use all of the organizers and can use them in any order.
I have included four pages of an answer key with some information on each explorer so that the teacher can check it against student work. Not all data on each explorer is included of course, but enough to serve as a guideline.
Set of 24 Explorer Cards, 8 Task Cards, 8 Quiz Cards:
Explorers to the Americas – Included in this product are 24 Explorer Cards of the individuals listed above who helped explore and chart North, Central, and South America, as well as 8 Quiz cards, 8 Task cards, a quiz card answer sheet for the student, and 26 answer key pages for the explorers listed below.
The 8 quiz cards have one question each that the students answer on an answer sheet. Students can work through all 8 cards independently or as a group assignment. The quiz cards have 26 pages of answer key for the teacher’s use – or for the students to check their work (there are additional pages for Matthew Henson and William Clark although they are grouped with Peary and Lewis on their explorer cards).
Eight task cards are included as well. These are small projects. No answer keys are included for the tasks, as the projects are creative and individual in scope - the "Quiz Card" questions are fact-based.
The Explorer Cards, Quiz Cards, and Task Cards are designed so that the classroom teacher can use all or as many as he or she wishes - if some of the Explorer Cards are not used, this will not make a difference to the overall organization of the product. With this in mind, I have not numbered the Explorer Cards or Quiz Cards. The Task Cards are numbered 1-8; I have included a blank Task Card sheet for the teacher to add tasks or replace tasks. Also included is a one-page list of the 26 explorers, numbered, in alphabetical order.
A classroom set printed in color and laminated would be best, and they all print attractively in greyscale so that students could have individual sets of the cards as well. The cards could also be used in a center for students to work on independently. They can be also displayed as mini-posters.
Poster Set of 24 Explorers and Student Templates
This set of 24 posters of Explorers to the Americas includes 8” by 10.5” posters of the explorers listed above who made important contributions to the exploration and ultimate settlement of North, South, and Central America.
The men chosen for this set represent the exploring nations, geographic areas explored in the Americas, and different time periods of exploration. There are two versions of the posters for Lewis & Clark and Peary & Henson, giving you a choice of which layout you prefer.
The posters reproduce well - I took a couple of them to Staples and had them digitally printed and they turned out extremely well. I had them printed on both heavier stock paper and regular computer paper, and both methods worked well. Four outline colours are used and each poster is unique as I varied the inside borders.
If you do not have access to colour printing, or it is cost prohibitive, the posters also print out well in grayscale and could be mounted on coloured paper to be displayed.
I have also included a student template for each explorer so that you can have your students create their own posters. An example can be seen in the thumbnails and the preview file. All the images I used are available online - in fact, there are more images for students to choose from as I only used images available through wikicommons.org (all in the public domain).