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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
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All About Early Explorers
Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up: Sacagawea Biography
Wonders of the World Questions
Learn About Lewis and Clark
Explorers' Routes
Explorers Word Search
Daniel Boone Biography: A Reading Warm-Up
More Popular Explorers Printables

Lesson Plans

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


Early America Quiz
Famous Explorers Quiz
Explorers Quiz
Women Adventurers Quiz

Explorer Biographies

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

Language Arts Activities

The Tempest
The Gold Rush Reading Warm-Up
Columbus Word Search
Pedro's Journal Literature Guide
The Discovery of America
The Story of Columbus Day
Mount Everest Timeline
Early European Settlements Reading Warm-Up
My Explorer Report About...
Columbus Wasn't First
Spanish Explorations Reading Warm-Up
Exploring Explorers Vocabulary
Daily Journal Topics: Exceptional Explorers
Explorers of North America Word Power
20th-Century Explorers Word Power
Kingfisher Young Knowledge: Maps and Mapping Teacher's Guide
Myths About Explorers
Grant for Christopher Columbus, 1492

Digital Books

Eyewitness: Explorer
Eye Wonder: Explorer

Geography Activities

Christopher Columbus Facts
Christopher Columbus' Journey
Explorers of North and South America
Modified Orienteering
Columbus's Voyages
Columbus Day Activities
Columbus's Discovery Maze
More Geography Activities

Art Activities

Native American Indian Crafts
Explorer's Ship
Cork Ship Mobile
Set Design for "Pilgrims of Plymouth"

Math Activities

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

Space Exploration Resources

The Great Space Race
Disaster in the Air: Challenger Space Shuttle
A Day in Space Sub Kit (Grades 5-6)
The First Man in Space
Early Astronomers
Dr. Mae Jemison Coloring Page
A Visit to Outer Space Writing Activity
More Popular Space Exploration Resources

Columbus Day Resources

Favorite Columbus Day Activities Slideshow
Columbus's First Voyage to the New World
Columbus's Unknown Legacy
Explorations and Explorers
Columbus Word Fill-In
Christopher Columbus, A Space Pioneer
Where Was Columbus?
More Columbus Day Teacher Resources

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