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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
Explorers' Routes
Wonders of the World Questions
Columbus Wasn't First
Columbus's First Voyage to the New World
Learn About Lewis and Clark
More Popular Explorers Printables

Lesson Plans

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


Early America Quiz
Famous Explorers Quiz
Explorers Quiz
Women Adventurers Quiz

Explorer Biographies

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

Language Arts Activities

The Discovery of America
Pedro's Journal Literature Guide
Explorers of North America Word Power
Myths About Explorers
The Tempest
The Story of Columbus Day
Columbus Word Search
Exploring Explorers Vocabulary
Kingfisher Young Knowledge: Maps and Mapping Teacher's Guide
Grant for Christopher Columbus, 1492
Daily Journal Topics: Exceptional Explorers
My Explorer Report About...
The Gold Rush Reading Warm-Up
Spanish Explorations Reading Warm-Up
Early European Settlements Reading Warm-Up
Mount Everest Timeline
20th-Century Explorers Word Power

Digital Books

Eyewitness: Explorer
Eye Wonder: Explorer

Geography Activities

Christopher Columbus Facts
Columbus's Voyages
Christopher Columbus' Journey
Columbus's Discovery Maze
Where Was Columbus?
Christopher Columbus, A Space Pioneer
Columbus Day Activities
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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)
Earth Photographed from the Moon
People in Space: The Pioneers
The First Man in Space
Women in Space: Sally Ride and Christa McAuliffe
A Visit to Outer Space Writing Activity
One Small Step and Mission to the Moon
More Popular Space Exploration Resources

Columbus Day Resources

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

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October Calendar of Events
October is full of events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Fire Prevention Week (10/4-10), Metric Week (10/4-10), World Space Week (10/4-10), World Teacher's Day (10/5), Earth Science Week (10/11-17), Chemistry Week (10/18-24), Teen Read Week (10/18-24), Make a Difference Day (10/24), and Halloween (10/31). Plus, celebrate Bullying Prevention Month, Diversity Awareness Month, Learning Disabilities Month, and School Safety Month all October long!

Bullying Prevention Month
October is Bullying Prevention Month, and it's a crucial topic for teachers and administrators to address. Bullying can cause both physical and emotional harm, and it can range from inflicting physical abuse to cyber-bullying (the use of cell phones, social networking sites, and other forms of technology to cause emotional distress). Learn how to recognize several forms of bullying and teasing, and discover effective techniques for dealing with and preventing bullying in your classroom.

Happy Halloween! Kids love this holiday and all the spooky decorations, games, and stories that go along with it. (Not to mention the candy, of course!) Take advantage of their enthusiasm with classroom connections and fun activities.