To introduce little known facts about the heroes of the Age of Exploration.
1 class period
The names of fifteen explorers appear on the three pages of this activity.
• Leif Ericson
• Bartolomeu Dias
• Vasco da Gama
• Christopher Columbus
• John Cabot
• Amerigo Vespucci
• Vasco Nunez de Balboa
• Ponce de Leon
• Hernando Cortes
• Francisco Pizarro
• Jacques Cartier
• Hernando de Soto
• Samuel de Champlain
• Henry Hudson
• Robert La Salle
After each name, there are statements with little known facts about the courageous explorer who long ago made exciting voyages of discovery. But some sentences also contain information that is not true about the explorers. Students must decide which statements seem to be true, and which ones sound as if they are false.
Class members with the most "lucky guesses" are the winners of this contest.
Teacher Instructions and answer key included.
See also, AMERICAN/U.S. HISTORY CURRICULUM LESSONS 1-15 of 150
LESSON 1: Textbook Study Guide
LESSON 2: Europe Trades with the East
LESSON 3: The First Americans
LESSON 4: The Explorers Game
LESSON 5: Explorers Come to the New World
LESSON 6: Christopher Columbus
LESSON 7: To Tell The Truth: Hernando Cortes
LESSON 8: Voyage of Magellan
LESSON 9: Trivia Contest: Age of Exploration
LESSON 10: The Trading Game
LESSON 11: The Game of Mercantilism
LESSON 12: Timeline: Age of Exploration
LESSON 13: Crossword Puzzle: The Age of Exploration
LESSON 14: Note Cards: Age of Exploration
LESSON 15: Map Exercise: The Thirteen Colonies