Explorers of the New World #1: Ponce de Leon, John Cabot, Henry Hudson, Balboa

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Learning about these 6 Early Explorers has never been so much fun! Take a look at this complete and creative hands-on activity pack that is sure to captivate your students.***Newly Updated July 2016***

Students will learn about early explorers with Informational Articles and Interactive Activities geared for 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade students. It includes information on the following explorers:
*John Cabot
*Vasco Nunez de Balboa
*Juan Ponce de Leon
*Christopher Columbus
*Henry Hudson
*Jacques Cartier

In this unit (over 95 pages in all!) the informational articles and student activities will help students think about the essential questions such as:
*Why were the Europeans interested in world exploration?
*How did the Native Americans and explorers impact each other?
*What were some of the obstacles the explorers had to overcome in the New World?

This activity pack includes many interactive activities and creative learning opportunities for students including:
*Anticipatory Set T/F
*Instruments for Navigation
*Navigation Mystery Flaps
*Comprehension Questions
*Answer Keys
*Vocabulary Posters
*Vocabulary Flip Flaps
*Writing Prompts
*Explorers Organizers
*Explorers Timeline Mini-Booklets

There are informational articles and related student activities about:
*The Age of Exploration
*The Explorers Voyage to the New World
*Native Americans & Explorers
*Explorers Instruments for Navigation
*Meet Vasco Nunez de Balboa
*Meet John Cabot (and Sebastian Cabot)
*Meet Jacques Cartier
*Meet Christopher Columbus
*Meet Henry Hudson
*Meet Juan Ponce de Leon
*For Elementary Grades – Second grade, Third grade, Fourth grade, Fifth grade
*Great for Core Knowledge
*Common Core Aligned

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Introduce the unit with the Explorers Anticipatory Set of T/F questions to pique and build background knowledge. Read the informational articles: The Age of Exploration, Native Americans & Explorers, and Instruments for Navigation and complete the student activity related to each article.

Introduce the 12 vocabulary words with the real-life photo posters included. You could post these posters around the classroom and have students travel around to match up and define the words in their flip flaps or use as a center activity. These posters are excellent for a bulletin board display too. In addition, the vocabulary cards are a great hands-on challenging activity to get them thinking critically. There’s also colorful maps included to help students visualize where these amazing explorers traveled to and from.

Next, create a learning station for each of the 6 explorers. In a folder at each station include: the 2 informational articles about that explorer, voyage map, and organizers for students to complete. There are also Explorers Mini-Booklets with Timelines for each station for students to complete by writing 3 facts about that explorer, putting the timeline dates in the correct order, coloring, cutting, and gluing inside their notebook or a lapbook. There are two articles on each explorer: the character studies are in ones are in color to laminate and post on a bulletin board, if desired.

Meets SS4H2 - The student will describe European exploration in North America
a. Describe the reasons for, obstacles to, and accomplishments of the Spanish, French, and English explorations of John Cabot, Vasco Nunez de Balboa, Ponce de Leon, Jacques Cartier, Henry Hudson, and Christopher Columbus.
b. Describe examples of cooperation and conflict between Europeans and Native Americans.
*For Upper Elementary Grades - Third grade, Fourth grade, Fifth grade

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