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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
Native American Indian Crafts
Wonders of the World Questions
Explorers' Routes
Cork Ship Mobile
Science and Social Studies: Jacques Cousteau
The Discovery of America
More Popular Explorers Printables

Lesson Plans

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


Early America Quiz
Famous Explorers Quiz
Women Adventurers Quiz
Explorers Quiz

Explorer Biographies

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

Language Arts Activities

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

Digital Books

Eye Wonder: Explorer
Eyewitness: Explorer

Geography Activities

Christopher Columbus Facts
Columbus's Voyages
Explorers of North and South America
Christopher Columbus' Journey
Pilgrims Meet the New World
Christopher Columbus, A Space Pioneer
Columbus Day Activities
More Geography Activities

Art Activities

Explorer's Ship
Set Design for "Pilgrims of Plymouth"

Math Activities

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

Space Exploration Resources

One Small Step and Mission to the Moon
A Day in Space Sub Kit (Grades 5-6)
Tracking the Space Station
Team Moon Teacher's Guide
My Book of Space Exploration
Science and Technology: Observing Space
The First Man in Space
More Popular Space Exploration Resources

Columbus Day Resources

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


Back to School Headquarters
August is Back to School Month and many of you will be returning to the classroom very soon. Feeling unprepared? We have you covered! Check out our very best resources and advice for New Teachers (applicable for the new and experienced), as well as Bulletin Board ideas, Icebreakers, Open House materials, and general Classroom Management tips for a successful new school year.

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August Calendar of Events
August is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Friendship Day (8/2), President Obama's Birthday (8/4/1961), Astronaut Neil Armstrong's Birthday (8/5/1930), International Art Appreciation Day (8/9), International Youth Day (8/12), Aviation Day (8/19), Tooth Fairy Day (8/22), International Day for Remembrance of Slave Trade & Its Abolition (8/23), and Women's Equality Day (8/26). Plus, celebrate Back to School Month and Get Ready for Kindergarten Month all August long!

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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