Explorers Reading and Writing Integration Unit

Rated 4.87 out of 5, based on 252 reviews
252 Ratings
ideas by jivey
Grade Levels
3rd - 5th, Homeschool
Formats Included
  • PDF
48 pages
Share this resource
ideas by jivey



This reading and writing integration unit includes summary passages on each of the following:

The Northwest Passage

Christopher Columbus

John Cabot

Vasco Núñez de Balboa

Juan Ponce de León

Hernando de Soto

Jacques Cartier

Henry Hudson

There are map activities that can be done with the maps provided- choosing your own route to Asia, making a key and mapping all explorers' routes, and shading/labeling the areas the explorers discovered in the western hemisphere.

With all eight summaries, there are graphic organizers to help pull out the key information (ANSWER KEYS INCLUDED). The summaries are also short enough that they are perfect for interactive notetaking or close reading annotations. *extra blank organizer provided that you can use with any explorer!*

There are compare and contrast activities - four already have the paired explorers and there is also one blank so that you or the students can choose two to compare.

Please look at the preview to see what you are getting in this file!


You might also be interested in my other Social Studies Resources, too!


Please remember, this purchase is for the use of one teacher. It is not intended to be shared. Please use the 'additional license' purchase if more than one teacher will be using it. Thank you!

Copyright © 2014-2017 Ideas By Jivey, LLC

All rights reserved by author, Jessica Ivey.

Permission to copy for single classroom use only.

Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only.

Not for public display.

Leave feedback to earn credits for future purchases! Become a follower to receive updates about future units as well!

Total Pages
48 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
Report this resource to TpT
Reported resources will be reviewed by our team. Report this resource to let us know if this resource violates TpT’s content guidelines.


to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).
Compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic.
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from 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.


Questions & Answers


Teachers Pay Teachers is an online marketplace where teachers buy and sell original educational materials.

More About Us

Keep in Touch!

Sign Up