American History

American History Curriculum
Topic 11 Discovery and Exploration

Topic 11 Materials

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This history topic covers discovery and exploration of the Americas. Scroll down to the schedule below for all of the activities! While studying this topic you will get to:

  • Learn about the remarkable journey of Cabeza de Vaca
  • Meet other explorers and hear of their journeys and discoveries
  • Make a watercolor shoal picture
  • Play an exploration game
  • Do a cut & paste activity to learn about the Columbian Exchange

and of course much more! Enjoy!

Key:

M next to a title indicates there is a corresponding map assignment in the Map or Globe section of the schedule

T next to a title indicates there is a corresponding Timeline suggestion in the Timeline section of the schedule.

Click here for a daily schedule that corresponds with this topic, although I recommend you use the materials to fit around your own schedule and preferences.

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Topic 11 Discovery and Exploration
Workbook

The Story of the U.S.A Book 1

Chapter 7

The Fortune Hunters (T-1) (M-1)

Chapter 8: Other Explorers and Colonists (T-2) (M-2)

Reading

We asked for Nothing: The Remarkable Journey of Cabeza de Vaca (T-3)
Put cover into timeline (1528-1536).

This Country of Ours Selections 6, 7, 8, 9
*This is an optional read-aloud from a free online text.

6. HOW THE FLAG OF ENGLAND WAS PLANTED ON THE SHORES OF THE NEW WORLD
7. HOW THE FLAG OF FRANCE WAS PLANTED IN FLORIDA
8. HOW THE FRENCH FOUNDED A COLONY IN FLORIDA
9. HOW THE SPANIARDS DROVE THE FRENCH OUT OF FLORIDA

 

History Pockets

History Pockets: Explorers of North America

Pocket 3 John Cabot

Map

Shoal Pictures (watercolor)

Pocket 5 Jacques Cartier

Map

Design a ship’s log

Journey game board

Video

Cortés & Pizarro

Spanish Explorers

Map or Globe

(M)

1. Texas, New Mexico, Arizona

2. Mississippi River, Portugal, Brazil, St. Augustine, Canada, France, San Francisco, California

 

Timeline (T)

1. Estaban 1530

    Friar Marcos

2. Coronado’s exploration 1541

    De Soto discovered the Mississippi River 1541

    St. Augustine, the oldest city in the United States was founded in 1565

    Portuguese landed in Brazil in 1500

    John Cabot, sailing for England touched the coast of Canada in 1497

    Cartier (French) explored Canada in 1534, Cabrillo (1542)

3. Cabeza de Vaca 1490?-1557?

Notebooking (Language arts, history papers, illustrations, etc.)

Draw Write Now:

p.44-45 The North

Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca: Explorer (Summary and map of travels)

 

Columbian Exchange Printable
This 3 page printable activity has a map showing a division between the "Old World" and the "New World". Cut out the squares from page 2 and paste them onto the map to show where they originated. Page 3 is a "guide" to help your child paste the items in the correct places. This cut and paste worksheet will help you learn how each part of the world influenced the other during and after the "Age of Exploration".

Columbian Exchange Map Columbian Exchange Items Columbian Exchange Table

*Optional:
The Columbian Exchange Rhyme
Print, read out-loud and put into notebook
Science .
Cooking .
Crafts .
Extras, Alternate Books and Notes .

 

 

 

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