Early Explorers and Map Skills. SOL 3.3 and 3.5. Robin Powell Mecklenburg County. This lesson is designed to reinforce: Virginia SOL 3.3 and 3.5 The student will develop map skills and study the exploration of America. In order to meet these standards, students should be able to:
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SOL 3.3 and 3.5
Number your paper from 1 to 11. Match the name of the ocean or continent with the number and write it on your paper. Use the word bank below.
We live on the continent of North America. Can you name the countries on our continent?
In 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail across the Atlantic Ocean in search of the Indies. He had spent much time trying to convince King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain to pay for the ships that would have him bringing them all of the finest riches in India. This would be a difficult journey because Columbus would have to sail west to reach the Indies in the east.
The King and Queen finally agreed and gave Columbus three ships, the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria. After a difficult voyage, Columbus and his three ships landed. Believing he had landed in India he named the native people there Indians. Columbus actually landed on an island south of North America, known as San Salvador. This “mistake” in which he discovered the Americas opened the doors to future European exploration.
St. Lawrence River
Christopher Newport sailed for England. He was sent by the Virginia Company to establish a colony in the New World. Newport sailed with colonists and supplies on three ships: the Susan Constant, the Godspeed, and the Discovery.
They landed in the New World in 1607 and named the new settlement Jamestown, after King James of England. Jamestown was the first successful English settlement. It is located on the James River in what is now Virginia.
Juan Ponce de Leon
JamestownReviewWho were the explorers we studied?Where did they come from?What were their accomplishments?
Number your paper from 1 to 4. Match the explorer with the accomplishment. Write the explorer’s name on the line beside the number.