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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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Native American Indian Crafts
The Discovery of America
Early European Settlements Reading Warm-Up
Wonders of the World Questions
All About Early Explorers
Explorations and Explorers
George Vancouver Word-Fill
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Lesson Plans

Chart Columbus's Voyages
Map Making, Floor Plans & Map Reading
Wonders of the World
Who Writes History? Rethinking Columbus Day
Exploring Explorers
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Early America Quiz
Famous Explorers Quiz
Explorers Quiz
Women Adventurers Quiz

Explorer Biographies

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

Language Arts Activities

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

Digital Books

Eyewitness: Explorer
Eye Wonder: Explorer

Geography Activities

Christopher Columbus Facts
Columbus's Voyages
Where Was Columbus?
Explorers' Routes
Modified Orienteering
Christopher Columbus' Journey
Christopher Columbus, A Space Pioneer
More Geography Activities

Art Activities

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

A Day in Space Sub Kit (Grades 5-6)
The Great Space Race
Mission: New Earth
A Visit to Outer Space Writing Activity
The First Man in Space
Space Explorations
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Columbus Day Resources

The History of Columbus Day
Columbus's First Voyage to the New World
Columbus Word Fill-In
Columbus's Discovery Maze
Columbus Day Activities
Explorers Word Search
Columbus's Unknown Legacy
More Columbus Day Teacher Resources


Teaching Racism & Discrimination in America
The issues of racism, prejudice, and discrimination have plagued the United States since it was founded, and racially motivated killings still occur with frequency today. Help your students understand the historical contexts of racism—with references on slavery, immigration, and the civil rights movement—to frame your conversation on modern instances of prejudice.

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.

Teaching with Comics: Galactic Hot Dogs
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guides to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series (chapters 1-4 and 5-8), as found on Funbrain.com (and now in print!), will take students on a cosmic adventure while engaging their creative minds. Plus, find even more activities for teaching with comics, featuring many other classic stories.

July Calendar of Events
July is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Canada Day (7/1), Independence Day (7/4/1776), World Population Day (7/11), Bastille Day in France (7/14), National Ice Cream Day (7/19), First Moon Landing (7/20/1969), World War I Began (7/28/1914), Author J.K. Rowling's Birthday (7/31/1965). Plus, celebrate Read an Almanac Month and Recreation and Parks Month all July long!

Interested in using different types of media in your classroom? We have a growing collection of videos, with related activities, for holidays and events, including: Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, and the environment. Enjoy!

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