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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
Explorers' Routes
Wonders of the World Questions
Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up: Sacagawea Biography
Explorer's Ship
Davy Crockett Biography: A Reading Warm-Up
The Gold Rush Reading Warm-Up
More Popular Explorers Printables

Lesson Plans

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


Early America Quiz
Explorers Quiz
Famous Explorers Quiz
Women Adventurers Quiz

Explorer Biographies

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

Language Arts Activities

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

Digital Books

Eye Wonder: Explorer
Eyewitness: Explorer

Geography Activities

Christopher Columbus Facts
Explorers of North and South America
Pilgrims Meet the New World
Modified Orienteering
Columbus's Discovery Maze
Columbus's Voyages
Columbus Day Activities
More Geography Activities

Art Activities

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

Math Activities

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

Space Exploration Resources

Early Astronomers
Space Case Curriculum Guide
Tracking the Space Station
Weightlessness and Gravity
A Day in Space Sub Kit (Grades 5-6)
Parabolic Antennas
Mission: New Earth
More Popular Space Exploration Resources

Columbus Day Resources

Favorite Columbus Day Activities Slideshow
Explorations and Explorers
Columbus Word Fill-In
The History of Columbus Day
Columbus's First Voyage to the New World
Christopher Columbus' Journey
Christopher Columbus, A Space Pioneer
More Columbus Day Teacher Resources

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