This unit is part of my Project Based Learning series that I have named “History Detectives.” Students will play the role of “History Detectives” who solve mysteries involving historical artifacts. Each mystery begins with a Mission Impossible-style video to engage the students in meeting the objective. Then, the students examine artifacts and do reading, completing critical thinking questions in their History Detectives Journal. Finally, students have a culminating task to present their work, either in an artful display or through oral presentation.
This download includes:
- A lesson plan taking you through the unit following the 5E format.
- A "History Detectives" Journal with a cover, a letter to set the stage, key terms, pre-reading questions, note-taking sheets, post-reading analysis prompts, and a rubric for evaluation.
- A link to my Powtoon video introducing the History Detective Mission.
California Social Studies Standards addressed:
5.2 Students trace the routes of early explorers and describe the early explorations of the Americas.
1. Describe the entrepreneurial characteristics of early explorers (e.g., Christopher Columbus, Francisco Vásquez de Coronado) and the technological developments that made sea exploration by latitude and longitude possible (e.g., compass, sextant, astrolabe, seaworthy ships, chronometers, gunpowder).
2. Explain the aims, obstacles, and accomplishments of the explorers, sponsors, and leaders of key European expeditions and the reasons Europeans chose to explore and colonize the world (e.g., the Spanish Reconquista, the Protestant Reformation, the Counter Reformation).
3. Trace the routes of the major land explorers of the United States, the distances traveled by explorers, and the Atlantic trade routes that linked Africa, the West Indies, the British colonies, and Europe.
4. Locate on maps of North and South America land claimed by Spain, France, England, Portugal, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Russia.
Common Core Language Arts Standards addressed:
- Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
- Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.
- Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.
- Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
- By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4-5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
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