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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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Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up: Sacagawea Biography
Wonders of the World Questions
Learn About Lewis and Clark
Daniel Boone Biography: A Reading Warm-Up
The Gold Rush Reading Warm-Up
Amelia Earhart's Solo Flight
Explorers of North and South America
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
Women Adventurers Quiz

Explorer Biographies

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

Language Arts Activities

The Tempest
Wonders of the World Questions
Pedro's Journal Literature Guide
Who Writes History? Rethinking Columbus Day
Mount Everest Timeline
Early European Settlements Reading Warm-Up
Spanish Explorations Reading Warm-Up
Myths About Explorers
Exploring Explorers Vocabulary
Daily Journal Topics: Exceptional Explorers
Kingfisher Young Knowledge: Maps and Mapping Teacher's Guide
Explorers of North America Word Power
20th-Century Explorers Word Power

Digital Books

Eyewitness: Explorer
Eye Wonder: Explorer

Geography Activities

Chart Columbus's Voyages
Wonders of the World Questions
Columbus's Voyages
Columbus Day Activities
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Art Activities

Set Design for "Pilgrims of Plymouth"

Math Activities

Columbus Day - Four Voyages
Set Design for "Pilgrims of Plymouth"

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
Tracking the Space Station
More Popular Space Exploration Resources

Columbus Day Resources

Chart Columbus's Voyages
Pedro's Journal Literature Guide
Favorite Columbus Day Activities Slideshow
Who Writes History? Rethinking Columbus Day
The History of Columbus Day
Columbus Day
More Columbus Day Teacher Resources

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