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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
Native American Indian Crafts
Learn About Lewis and Clark
Wonders of the World Questions
Explorers' Routes
Daniel Boone Biography: A Reading Warm-Up
Explorer's Ship
More Popular Explorers Printables

Lesson Plans

Chart Columbus's Voyages
Map Making, Floor Plans & Map Reading
Exploring Explorers
Modified Orienteering
Wonders of the World
More Explorer Lesson Plans


Early America Quiz
Famous Explorers Quiz
Women Adventurers Quiz
Explorers Quiz

Explorer Biographies

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

Language Arts Activities

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

Digital Books

Eyewitness: Explorer
Eye Wonder: Explorer

Geography Activities

Christopher Columbus Facts
Columbus's Voyages
Christopher Columbus' Journey
Explorers of North and South America
Columbus Day Activities
Where Was Columbus?
Christopher Columbus, A Space Pioneer
More Geography Activities

Art Activities

Set Design for "Pilgrims of Plymouth"
Cork Ship Mobile

Math Activities

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

Space Exploration Resources

The Great Space Race
The First Man in Space
People in Space: The Pioneers
One Small Step and Mission to the Moon
A Day in Space Sub Kit (Grades 5-6)
Plotting the Apollo Landing Sites
Dr. Mae Jemison Coloring Page
More Popular Space Exploration Resources

Columbus Day Resources

Favorite Columbus Day Activities Slideshow
Columbus's First Voyage to the New World
Columbus Word Fill-In
Columbus Day
The History of Columbus Day
Columbus's Discovery Maze
Columbus Discovers a New World
More Columbus Day Teacher Resources


Children's Choice Book Awards
We love books! Encourage students to vote for their favorite children's book, author, and illustrator of the year at Funbrain and Poptropica. Teens can make their picks too. Read the complete list of nominated books, as well as related activities, and get voting!

Do your students love videos? We have a growing collection of videos (including related activities) for holidays and events, including: Earth Day, women's history, Memorial Day, Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, and American History. Enjoy!

April Calendar of Events
April is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Library Week (4/12-18), Volunteer Week (4/12-18), Poison Prevention Week (4/15-21), Earth Day (4/22), Tell a Story Day (4/27), International Jazz Day (4/30). Plus, celebrate Deaf History Month (3/15-4/15), Mathematics Education Month, National Poetry Month, and Youth Sports Safety Month!

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, 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.

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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