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Title: Explorers Grade Five Social Studies Strands

Explorers Grade Five Social Studies Strands
  • Toby Siefring
  • Kristin Houser

Table of Contents
  • 1. History.3
  • 2. People in Societies...8
  • 3. Geography..13
  • 4. Economics..18
  • 5. Government23
  • 6. Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities.29
  • 7. Social Studies Skills and Methods.34
  • 8. Science Technology and Society...39

Strand One
  • History

Activities for History
  • The students will create a time line of
    Christopher Columbuss voyages to the New World.
    This will be done on adding machine paper so
    every student may create their own timeline.
  • The students will be assigned one explorer of the
    New World to research. They will give a short (5
    10 minute) speech presenting themselves as that
    explorer. Costumes will earn extra credit.

Activities Continued
  • Students will play the game Go West with
    Columbus which can be found at the following
    site http//www.bry-backmanor.org/actpag10.html
  • Students are to find one lasting effect that an
    explorer left in the New World (i.e. language,
    food, etc.). They will create a poster board of
    this lasting effect to display in the hallway.
  • Students will build a Viking ship using clay.
    They must find a picture of a Viking ship to
    model their design after. A brief explanation of
    the ship should accompany the clay model.

Websites for History
  • Explorers http//www.mce.k12tn.net/explorers/expl
    orers_start.htm This website gives a list of
    activities to use with units on Explorers.
  • Columbus Navigation http//www1.minn.net/7Ekeith
    p/ This website gives a timeline of Columbuss
    voyages and his life.
  • Christopher Columbus http//www.win.tue.nl/cs/fm
    /engels/discovery/columbus.html This website is
    for navigators and their accomplishments in the
    New World. It contains a lot of useful facts for

Websites Continued
  • Enchanted Learning http//www.enchantedlearning.
    com/explorers/page/c/columbus.shtml Enchanted
    learning makes learning about explorers fun for
    students. It also gives some great ideas for
    activities for educators and parents.
  • Surfing the Net with Kids http//www.surfnetkids
    .com/columbus.htm This website gives unknown
    facts about Columbus and other explorers. It is
    full of interesting information that students
    would find funny.

Strand Two
  • People in Societies

Activities for People in Societies
  • Students will compare the clothing worn by 15th
    Century people in Europe with that of clothing
    that is worn today. They will write a short
    paper describing their findings.
  • Students will research how the expeditions to the
    New World began. They will write, as a class, a
    short play about King Ferdinand and Queen
  • Students will compare the reasons for immigration
    to the New World between Africa, Spain, Europe,

Activities Continued
  • Students will research an explorer from the 20th
    Century and compare it to one of the 15th
    Century. Focusing on their clothing, language,
    and missions. A paper will be collected for this
  • Students will prepare a Spanish festival for
    class, including 15th Century food, clothing,
    music, art, etc.

Websites for People in Societies
  • Enchanted Learning http//www.enchantedlearning.
    com/Dictionary.html Enchanted Learning gives a
    list of facts about many explorers past and
  • Explorers http//edtech.kennesaw.edu/web/explore
    r.html This website has a list of hundreds of
    explores through time. It included facts,
    pictures, and comparisons.
  • Explorers Club http//www.explorers.org/
    This is a club for students to join that are
    interested in explorations.

Websites Continued
  • http//www.cdli.ca/CITE/explorer.htm This
    website gives information on the many European
    Explorers through the years. It gives maps,
    pictures, and facts.
  • http//web54.sd54.k12.il.us/schools/hale/pgraf/exp
    lorers99/sld001.htm This page is a PowerPoint
    presentation designed by students about many
    explorers that they research.

Strand Three
  • Geography

Activities for Geography
  • Students will choose an explorer and map their
    expedition on a piece of poster board. They must
    draw map and then place the route on the map.
  • Students will compare and contrast the physical
    features of Europe to that of North America.
  • Students will create a location for a new land
    for them to explore. They must include
    latitude/longitude, physical features, and

Activities Continued
  • Students will construct a mapping of the
    colonization of North America by the Europeans.
    The map will be provided to the students, and
    they may creatively develop a representation of
    the colonization.
  • Student will analyze the positive and negative
    consequences of human changes to the New World.
    One group will be responsible for the positives
    and the other group the negative. Students will
    then use the class time for a whole class debate.

Websites for Geography
  • Education Planet http//www.educationplanet.com/
    articles/explorers.html This website links
    geography with the explorations of 15th Century.
  • Social Studies School Service
    http//www.socialstudies.com This website will
    teach the students about paths of explorations
    and maps of the conquering.

Websites Continued
  • Explores http//zephyr.esd123.org/htbin/wwform/w
    dx770.htm This website gives specific
    information of the path of exploration for
    several explorers.
  • National Geographic http//www.nationalgeographi
    c.com/ This website is full of pictures for
    students to view. It contains a lot of facts as
  • Geography http//www.eduex.com/Geography/ This
    website focuses on geography of the world. It
    has parts that discuss explorations through time.

Strand Four
  • Economics

Activities for Economics
  • Students will find what Spanish money looked like
    in 1400 by research on the Internet. They will
    then compare and contrast their money to ours
  • Students will research what goods were important
    to the European explorers. Then they will
    research if those good were available to them in
    the New World.

Activities Continued
  • Students will create a poster board with their
    answer to Why do countries explore? They are
    to use facts, opinions, and lots of pictures.
  • Students are to create their own money for use in
    the New World. What would they have designed our
    money to look like?
  • Students are to answer the following question in
    a short essay What did Indians in the New World
    produce, how did they produce it, and for whom
    did they produce it for?

Websites for Economics
  • The Federal Reserve Bank http//www.ny.frb.org/e
    ducation/econexjrnl.pdf This site discusses the
    change in currency from past to present. It
    gives pictures of several types of currency.
  • Economics for Kids http//www.kathimitchell.com/
    econ.htm This site helps kids to understand
    economics, and it relates economics to the
    discoveries of new land.

Websites Continued
  • Early Explorers http//www.coreknowledge.org/CKp
    roto2/resrcs/lessons/199explorer.pdf This page
    discusses early explorers and they survival
    techniques in a new land.
  • Kid Info http//www.kidinfo.com/American_History
    /Explorers.html This page gives short research
    information on explorers. It also discusses
    money, Indian survival techniques, and goods and
    services of European lands.
  • The European Voyages http//www.ucalgary.ca/appl
    ied_history/tutor/eurvoya/ This page is for
    reference about how Europe influenced the world
    through their explorations.

Strand Five
  • Government

Activities for Government
  • Students will compare and contrast the
    governments of 15th century England to the U.S.
    government of today in a short paper. Resources
    will be available in the classroom for research,
    and they may work in pairs.
  • Students will research and report on how the U.S.
    Government affected the age of American
    continental exploration in the 19th century.
    They should be sure to discuss the great
    surveyors in this time in a 2-3 page paper.

Activities continued
  • Each student should choose an American explorer
    of their choice, and prepare a short presentation
    on how their actions influenced American
  • The class will be set up to reenact the debate
    before the explorers Lewis and Clarks
    expedition. One student will be President
    Jefferson, a group will act as the Congress
    approving the trip, two as the explorers with the
    rest of the class being the people to travel with
    Lewis and Clark. After the reenactment each
    student will turn in a short summary of the

Activities continued
  • Students will be put into small groups to search
    the Internet for information on the style of
    government followed by the Native Americans.
    They will then give a short presentation to the
    class (in any creative manner they wish).

Websites for Government
  • Discoverers and Explorers http//www.isu.edu/tr
    inmich/Discoverers.html This site offers facts
    and figures regarding the Oregon Trail. It goes
    into detail on the exploration across the trail
    and offers quicklinks for quicker access.
  • Westward Explorers http//www.nps.gov/jeff/Lewis
    OtherExplorers.htm This site discusses the
    Governments affect on the Big-Four Surveys in the
    age of American exploration. It offers timelines
    as well as detailed explanations.

Websites continued
  • Explorers, Frontiersman, Pioneers, Frontiersmen,
    Trappers http//www.linecamp.com/museums/america
    s_explorers_frontiersmen.html This site offers
    many links and a lot of information from the days
    of the Wild West.
  • Explorers of the Millennium http//library.think
    quest.org/4034/ This website focuses on 19 of
    the most popular explorers over the last 1000
    years. There are timelines, facts, quizzes, and
    much more.
  • American Explorers http//www.enchantedlearning.
    com/explorers/namerica.shtml This site
    alphabetically lists American explorers with
    brief information and a link for more.

Strand Six
  • Citizenship

Activities for Citizenship
  • Students will choose a country and find the
    citizens rights within that country in the 17th
    century and present their information to the
  • Students will choose any explorer and create a
    passport (as you would find one today) for that
    explorer to be admitted into a different country.
  • The students will turn their classroom into a
    foreign country in the past. The class will
    investigate what it takes to become a natural
    citizen and obey laws and such of that country
    for a day.

Activities continued
  • Students will choose a particular freedom of our
    nation and compare that freedom to the the Native
    Americans in the 16th and/or 17th centuries.
    They will turn in a written paper with their
  • Students will create a timeline of a typical day
    of an explorer of their choice. They will then
    create a timeline of their personal typical day
    and compare the two. Creativeness through
    drawings and pictures is encouraged.

Websites for Citizenship
  • Native American Conquest http//www.e-student.ne
    t/ This is a high-tech website with audio and
    visual displays offering a lot of information
    about the 1st Americans.
  • European Explorers http//www.cdli.ca/CITE/explo
    rer.htm This site offers links to many European
    Explorers and categorizes them by country.
  • Age of Exploration Timeline http//www.mariner.o
    rg//educationalad/ageofex/timeline.php This is
    an extensive, detailed timeline throughout the
    history of exploration.

Websites Continued
  • South American Explorers http//www.win.tue.nl/
    engels/discovery/southam.html This site focuses
    on explorers, such as the Conquistadors, of South
  • Vikings http//www.mariner.org//educationalad/ag
    eofex/viking_disc.php This site is devoted to
    the discoveries of the Vikings, and the Viking
    explorers who contributed to these discoveries.

Strand Seven
  • Social Studies Skills and Methods

Activities for Skills and Methods
  • Each student will conduct themselves as a
    newspaper journalist reporting on one of the
    voyages of Christopher Columbus. They may use
    any sources to gain information. The final
    newspapers will be hung in the hallway.
  • Students will pull names of explorers from a hat
    and compile information (facts, pictures, etc.)
    into a portfolio pertaining to their particular
  • Students will find a book about any interesting
    explorer they would like. Students will be given
    time in class and be responsible for reading
    outside of class. After completing the book,
    each child will do a book report.

Activities continued
  • Students will be paired up and assigned a
    specific period of American exploration. They
    are to create a timeline or graph of all the
    major exploration events in that time.
  • Students will find information from three
    different sources about one explorer of their
    choice. They will critique the source of
    information and rank the source on a scale of
    their making or finding.

Websites for Skills and Methods
  • Christopher Columbus http//www.mariner.org//edu
    cationalad/ageofex/columbus.php This site is
    devoted to Columbus and has links to the four
    voyages in his exploration.
  • Explorers Themes Page http//www.cln.org/themes
    /explorers.html There are numerous links from
    this page pertaining to specific themes of
    exploration. There are annotations of each link.
  • Example Report http//www.cdli.ca/CITE/amexp.htm
    This site allows students to view a sample
    report done by a 5th grade student on the
    explorer John Cabot.

Websites continued
  • Explorers http//www.mce.k12tn.net/explorers/exp
    lorers_start.htm This site has different
    categories for reviewing the explorers. It also
    offers activities and quizzes about each
  • Spanish Empire http//www.wsu.edu8080/dee/REFO
    RM/EMPIRE.HTM This site explains how the Native
    Americans did not last in the Spanish Empire and
    leads into the Northern Renaissance.

Strand Eight
  • Technology

Activities for Technology
  • Students will be able to work in small groups and
    put together a PowerPoint presentation about any
    explorer. The PowerPoint should be at least 10
  • Students will be given a list of movies in some
    regards to explorers. The students will be able
    to vote which movie they would like to watch in
    class. Students will be given a short quiz over
    the movie they select.

Activities continued
  • Students will be taken on a field trip to
    Sunwatch to explore for themselves how the Native
    Americans lived. They will write a one-page
    typed response on their trip.
  • Students will create their own compass with
    materials given in class (styrofoam, paperclip,
    magnet, bowl of water, marker). They will then
    write a journal entry how a compass helped
    explorers on their journey.

Activities continued
  • Students will work in pairs to design their own
    video game. The game will be relative to the
    lifestyle of an explorer or a particular group of
    explorers. Each group will have the opportunity
    to share the game they design.

Websites for Technology
  • Evolution of Steering Ships http//www.mariner.o
    rg//educationalad/ageofex/steering.php This site
    reviews the evolution of these ships over the
    course of the worlds history.
  • Henry the Navigator http//www.win.tue.nl/cs/fm/
    engels/discovery/henry.html This website
    investigates the life of Henry the Navigator and
    also the technology and techniques he used in his

Websites continued
  • Explorers http//www.kathimitchell.com/explorer.
    htm This website has endless links to specific
    and general explorer information.
  • European Explorers http//www.chenowith.k12.or.u
    s/tech/subject/social/explore.html This site
    offers excellent links about many explorers.
  • Who Really Discovered America, eh?
    This site allows you to view a speech by a
    California judge on his thoughts of who really
    discovered America.

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