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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
All About Early Explorers
Pilgrims Meet the New World
Explorers' Routes
Explorer's Ship
Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up: Sacagawea Biography
Set Design for "Pilgrims of Plymouth"
More Popular Explorers Printables

Lesson Plans

Chart Columbus's Voyages
Exploring Explorers
Map Making, Floor Plans & Map Reading
Modified Orienteering
Who Writes History? Rethinking Columbus Day
More Explorer Lesson Plans


Early America Quiz
Famous Explorers Quiz
Explorers Quiz
Women Adventurers Quiz

Explorer Biographies

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

Language Arts Activities

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

Digital Books

Eye Wonder: Explorer
Eyewitness: Explorer

Geography Activities

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

Art Activities

Cork Ship Mobile

Math Activities

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

Space Exploration Resources

The First Man in Space
People in Space: The Pioneers
A Day in Space Sub Kit (Grades 5-6)
Benjamin Banneker, Astronomer
The Great Space Race
A Visit to Outer Space Writing Activity
How Does a Reflecting Telescope Work?
More Popular Space Exploration Resources

Columbus Day Resources

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

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December Calendar of Events
December is full of events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: World AIDS Day (12/1), International Volunteer Day (12/6), Hanukkah (begins at sundown 12/6), Handwashing Awareness Week (12/6-12), Computer Science Education Week (12/7-13), Human Rights Day (12/10), Winter Solstice (12/22), Christmas (12/25), Kwanzaa (begins 12/26), Visit the Zoo Day (12/27), and New Year's Eve (12/31). Plus, celebrate Bingo's Birthday Month, Universal Human Rights Month, and Write to a Friend Month all December long!

Hour of Code
Introduce your students to basic coding and computer science! Celebrate Computer Science Education Week from December 7-13, 2015 with our Top 5 Free Coding Tools for Kids, Top 5 Free Coding Tools for Teens, or the Hour of Code resources provided by Code.org®

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: slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, the American Revolution, and the environment. Enjoy!

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.