To understand how developments in Europe led to the establishment of colonial empires in North America and South America.
2 class periods
Students will read about the events which made it possible for Europeans to discover and colonize the New World. This background information will be followed by a Map Skills exercise, True/False questions, and Completion questions.
The class will then be divided into small groups for the playing of THE EXPLORERS GAME. Players will hope to cross the Atlantic Ocean without experiencing a bad storm, a shortage of food, or some other hardship. Each group will have a winner.
The lesson ends with the students doing a map exercise that locates colonial empires in the New World.
Easy-to-follow TEACHER INSTRUCTIONS and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.