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Explorers – Teacher Resources

Utilize these printables, lessons, and activities to teach your students about the many explorers who have contributed to society. From voyages across the Atlantic to missions in space, these diverse figures transcended social and physical boundaries and changed how we view our world. You'll find plenty of resources for Columbus Day in October and everything you need to integrate this cross-curricular topic into classes on math, language arts, science, history, geography, or art.

Whiteboard Compatible Mini-Lessons

Explorers of North America Mini-Lesson
20th-Century Explorers Mini-Lesson
More Mini-Lessons


All About Early Explorers
Daniel Boone Biography: A Reading Warm-Up
Three African-Americans in the Far West
Native American Indian Crafts
Wonders of the World Questions
Amelia Earhart's Solo Flight
Learn About Lewis and Clark
More Popular Explorers Printables

Lesson Plans

Chart Columbus's Voyages
Exploring Explorers
Map Making, Floor Plans & Map Reading
Wonders of the World
Who Writes History? Rethinking Columbus Day
More Explorer Lesson Plans


Early America Quiz
Famous Explorers Quiz
Women Adventurers Quiz
Explorers Quiz

Explorer Biographies

Just Where Was Columbus?
Matthew Henson, Explorer
Explorer Research Project
Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up: Sacagawea Biography
Sacagawea Biography: A Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up
Ferdinand Magellan
William Bradford Biography
Columbus Sails the Ocean Blue
Thor Heyerdahl Biography
Peary, Henson, and the North Pole
James Cook
Davy Crockett Biography: A Reading Warm-Up

Language Arts Activities

The Tempest
Pedro's Journal Literature Guide
The Discovery of America
Columbus Word Search
The Story of Columbus Day
Myths About Explorers
Explorers of North America Word Power
Exploring Explorers Vocabulary
Daily Journal Topics: Exceptional Explorers
Mount Everest Timeline
20th-Century Explorers Word Power
Kingfisher Young Knowledge: Maps and Mapping Teacher's Guide
Reading Warm-Up 42 for Gr. 5 & 6: American History
Reading Warm-Up 45 for Gr. 5 & 6: American History
Reading Warm-Up 44 for Gr. 5 & 6: American History
Grant for Christopher Columbus, 1492
Columbus Wasn't First
My Explorer Report About...

Digital Books

Eye Wonder: Explorer
Eyewitness: Explorer

Geography Activities

Christopher Columbus Facts
Columbus's Voyages
Christopher Columbus' Journey
Explorers' Routes
Explorers of North and South America
Pilgrims Meet the New World
Columbus Day Activities
More Geography Activities

Art Activities

Explorer's Ship
Set Design for "Pilgrims of Plymouth"
Cork Ship Mobile

Math Activities

Columbus Day - Four Voyages
Columbus's Magic Sail
Get Ready to Sail

Space Exploration Resources

Dr. Mae Jemison Coloring Page
The Great Space Race
Benjamin Banneker, Astronomer
Women in Space: Sally Ride and Christa McAuliffe
A Day in Space Sub Kit (Grades 5-6)
Halley's Comet
John Glenn Biography: A Reading Warm-Up
More Popular Space Exploration Resources

Columbus Day Resources

Favorite Columbus Day Activities Slideshow
Columbus Word Fill-In
The History of Columbus Day
Columbus's First Voyage to the New World
Christopher Columbus, A Space Pioneer
Where Was Columbus?
Columbus's Discovery Maze
More Columbus Day Teacher Resources


Galactic Hot Dogs Reading Marathon
Join the Galactic Hot Dogs Reading Marathon! Read each episode as it's re-released with newly revealed facts, behind-the-scenes illustrations, and the inside scoop. Make it official by pledging on the blog to read each chapter with Cosmoe. Your students will love following the exploits of these space travelers, and you'll love the educational elements that can easily be paired to the stories.

Handwashing Awareness
Kids are especially susceptible to contracting and spreading viruses during the winter months. Prevention starts with proper handwashing. Show students how to keep germs away.

March Calendar of Events
March is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: National School Breakfast Week (3/2-6), World Orphan Week (3/4-11), Boston Massacre (3/5/1770), Daylight Saving Time Begins (3/8), International Women's Day (3/8), Teen Tech Week (3/8-14), Pi Day (3/14), St. Patrick's Day (3/17), Spring Begins (3/20), Make Your Own Holiday Day (3/26), and World Theatre Day (3/27). Plus, celebrate Deaf History Month (3/15-4/15), Music In Our Schools Month, Women's History Month, and Youth Art Month!

Poptropica Teaching Guides
Poptropica is one of the Internet's most popular sites for kids—and now it's available as an app for the iPad! It's not just a place to play games; each of the islands featured on the site provides a learning opportunity. Check out our teaching guides to four of Poptropica's islands: 24 Carrot Island, Time Tangled Island, Mystery Train Island, and Mythology Island.

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Women's History Month
March is Women's History Month. Talk to your students about the accomplishments women have made—as well as the adversity they have faced.

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