Famous Explorers - Teacher Resources

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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.

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    20th-Century Explorers Word Power

    Students can practice social studies vocabulary relevant to 20th-century explorers by reading the de... read more


    Explorers of North America Word Power

    Students can practice social studies vocabulary relevant to North American expeditions and explorers... read more


    Instant Expert

    Become an instant expert on science and social studies topics featured in DK's award-winning referen... read more


    Women Adventurers Quiz

    Using reference materials, the Internet, and their knowledge of women's history, students will answe... read more


    James Cook

    Read a biography of James Cook to learn more about this English explorer of the Pacific. read more


    Underwater Archaeology

    Your pupils will learn about the use of underwater technology to find artefacts at the bottom of the... read more


    Mount Everest Timeline

    Review the chronology of attempts to ascend Mount Everest with this printable word fill. Pupils will... read more


    Explorers of North and South America

    Learn about discovery and exploration in North and South America with this social studies printable.... read more


    Thor Heyerdahl Biography

    Learn about anthropologist and explorer Thor Heyerdahl by reading this biography. This resource incl... read more


    Early European Settlements Reading Warm-Up

    This reading warm-up features a passage on early European settlements and questions to check compreh... read more


    Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up: Sacagawea Biography

    In this printable reading warm-up, students learn about the life of an explorer. Use this short biog... read more


    Daniel Boone Biography: A Reading Warm-Up

    Teach your students about American history while improving their reading skills. This printable read... read more

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    Favorite Columbus Day Activities Slideshow

    Columbus Day provides the opportunity to teach children about early explorations of North America an... read more

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