Could your Explorer unit use a little updating? Have you ever wanted to try hands-on Social Studies? This unit will bring new life to your teaching!
How does it work?
Day 1- Start with an intro. Teach about why explorers explore, what challenges they face, how sailors navigated, and parts of the Earth
Day 2- Assign Explorers to students. All 13 should be covered.
Days 3-4- Time for Student Research
Days 5-8 Create Presentations
Days 9-22 Student presentations; After each presentation, there is a teacher-directed activity that integrates reading, math, science, and art.
After all presentations are done, there is a final reflection/assessment and rubric for grading
Here is what is included:
-Leif Erikson and an engineering activity on Viking Ships (aluminum foil needed)
-Christopher Columbus and a lesson on the Silk Road along with an interactive online activity
-John Cabot and a lesson about the spice trade (bring spices from your home)
-Amerigo Vespucci and a lesson on Constellations (you need a shoebox, a flashlight, and aluminum foil)
-Vasco de Balboa and an experiment on Fresh Water vs. Salt Water (you need salt, ice, water, and cups)
-Ferdinand Magellan and a math activity on the size of oceans (ruler, paper, scissors)
-Juan Ponce de Leon and a lesson on ocean currents
-Hernando Cortes and a lesson on the Aztec Empire and poetry
-Jacques Cartier and a lesson on the Northwest Passage
-Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo and a lesson on the different Native American groups in the United States
-Sir Francis Drake and a lesson on making observations about a painting
-Samuel de Champlain and a lesson on Latitude and Longitude
-Henry Hudson and a timeline activity
When I teach social studies, I integrate to make it memorable! I even learned something as I researched for this project!
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