*NEW: This unit now includes DIGITAL ACCESS via Google Slides.*
I have created a Google Slides resource for each lesson. Each resource contains student instructions, student worksheets with editable text boxes, and articles/task cards if applicable.
Google Slides can be assigned by teachers via Google Classroom. I hope this update will help teachers who are implementing distance learning due to COVID-19.
This Age of Exploration unit proves that history lessons don’t have to be boring! Included are 10 exciting lessons that your students will LOVE! Even better, I’ve made it as easy as possible for busy teachers to implement.
Why I created this unit
Age of Exploration Unit – Week 1
- Age of Exploration Overview—PowerPoint presentation & KL worksheet
- Meet the European Explorers—Gold, Glory, or God article, informative task cards on famous explorers & student worksheet
- Explorers’ Technology & Routes—Foldable about technological advances & map activity where students draw routes of explorers
- The Life of a Sailor—article about sailing during the Age of Exploration, worksheet & identity cards where students adopt the role of a sailor
- Risks of Exploration Simulation—simulation activity where students experience the risks of exploration through drawing “fate cards” & a student reflection
Age of Exploration Unit – Week 2
- Native Americans and Europeans: Part 1—articles for 5 Native American civilizations (Inca, Aztec, Maya, Taino, Iroquois) and resources for students to create posters & presentations
- Native Americans and Europeans: Part 2—rubrics for student presentations and note-taking worksheets
- The Atlantic Slave Trade—informative article, artifacts from the slave trade, and reflection worksheet
- The Columbian Exchange—informative article, opinion writing, and interactive notebook sort
- Age of Exploration Reflection—reflection worksheet and discussion instructions
Help for the teacher
- Table of Contents (also available in the preview)
- Suggested pacing guide
- 10 detailed lesson plans
- Answer keys (of course!)
- Editable end-of-unit test and study guide
- Easy printing file with all student worksheets and articles
Are you still not sure? Sample a lesson!
- In this lesson, students map the key areas of the Americas that were colonized by the English, French, Dutch, Spanish, and Portuguese and compare their locations and relative sizes.