This worksheet follows the History Channel: Who Really Discovered America? Video can be found on YouTube.
It asks the students to complete a chart as they watch the video and summarize the strengths, weaknesses, and ship details of each voyage. It also asks students to rank the theory on a scale of 1-5 on how likely it is that these explorers made it to North and South America. Students will complete a map on the back page of each exploration.
This video is engaging and offers students an opportunity to learn new exploration theories. It also utilizes higher level thinking as they have to examine the strengths and weaknesses and determine how creditable this theory is. I have students watch it on laptops so they can work at their own pace. Another option would be to show it to the whole class and have students complete.
Answer key provided! File in both Microsoft Word and PDF format for convenience.