This Christopher Columbus and exploration of the New World resource is a great supplement to a study of the Age of Exploration. It would also work well if you are dividing a class into small groups for work in centers.
After completing the reading passages about Christopher Columbus, his voyages, the Taino people, the start of the Columbian Exchange, and Amerigo Vespucci, students complete graphic organizers that help them identify key topics from Columbus' journey west from Europe.
There are optional enrichment activity pages that give students the opportunity to explore one aspect of Columbus' travels in more depth.
**NEW** Digital Interactive Google Slide Notebook Pages for Google Drive. The product has a supplemental Google Slide resource for additional student practice. The digital notebook could be used in place of the paper reading passages and notes pages.
CCSS (4th grade)
Sample pacing guide
3 pages of reading passages with the following sub-topics
-- Sailing West
-- The Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria
-- The Ship Log
-- The Taino
-- The Voyages of Columbus
-- Amerigo Vespucci
-- Columbian Exchange
Graphic organizers to generate generalizations about exploration during the Age of Discovery (teacher notes included)
Christopher Columbus timeline (teacher notes included)
3 critical thinking questions that require written responses (sample answers included)
4 optional enrichment activities
-- Persuasive letter from the point of view of Columbus convincing the King and Queen of Spain to sponsor Columbus' journey
-- Trace Columbus' 4 voyages on a map
-- Persuasive writing defending Columbus as a great man or cruel conquistador
-- Columbus' arrival on San Salvador drawing activity
Materials work well in conjunction with Unit 2, lesson 2 of The United States, Volume I (Macmillan/McGraw-Hill Timelinks textbook series)
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