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European Explorers. Grade 5 Unit Plan. Curriculum Framework. This unit addresses the following standards: Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework ; Grade 5, Learning Standards HEG 5.3

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european explorers

European Explorers

Grade 5

Unit Plan

curriculum framework
Curriculum Framework
  • This unit addresses the following standards:
    • Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework; Grade 5, Learning Standards HEG 5.3
      • Explain why trade routes to Asia had been closed in the 15th century and trace the voyages of at least four of the explorers listed below. Describe what each explorer sought when he began his journey, what he found, and how his discoveries changed the image of the world, especially the maps used by explorers. (H, G, E)

A. Vasco Nuñez de Balboa

B. John and Sebastian Cabot

C. Jacques Cartier

D. Samuel de Champlain

E. Christopher Columbus

F. Henry Hudson

G. Ferdinand Magellan

H. Juan Ponce de Leon

I. Amerigo Vespucci

framework continued
Framework continued
  • Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework; Grade 5, Concepts and Skills GHE 7
    • Compare maps of the modern world with historical maps of the world before the Age of Exploration, and describe the changes in 16th and 17th century maps of the world. (G, H, E)
  • Massachusetts Recommended PreK – 12 Instructional Technology Standards; Grades 5 – 8, Standard 1
    • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of computers and applications as well as an understanding of concepts underlying hardware, software, and connectivity.
  • Massachusetts Recommended PreK – 12 Instructional Technology Standards; Grades 5 – 8, Standard 3
    • Demonstrate ability to use technology for research, problem-solving, and communication. Students locate, evaluate, collect, and process information from a variety of electronic sources. Students use telecommunications and other media to interact or collaborate with peers, experts, and other audiences.
this unit is based on four lesson plans and a culminating activity
This unit is based on four lesson plans and a culminating activity:
  • Early Exploration of The Americas, Asia and Africa
  • What Impact Did European Explorers Have on the Americas?
  • Timeline of Exploration
  • Effects of Exploration on Mapmaking

Culminating Activity: How European Exploration Impacted the World

objectives
Objectives
  • The objectives of this unit are as follows:
    • Identify and compare/contrast major European explorers of the 15th century.
    • Determine when they explored and analyze why they explored.
    • Illustrate where they explored and what they discovered.
    • Explain the effects the exploration had on mapmaking.
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Lesson 1: Early Exploration of The Americas, Asia and Africa
  • Read selected chapters in Social Studies: Early United States, Harcourt Brace
  • View video, Early Explorers: The Age of Discovery
  • Research pre-selected websites
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Who is the explorer?
  • When did they explore?
  • Why did they explore?
  • Where did they explore?
  • What did they discover?
  • How did this exploration change mapmaking?
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Lesson 2: – What Impact Did European Explorers Have on the Americas?
  • Review concept mapping using student examples
  • Create explorer concept maps
  • Discuss the effects that exploration had on mapmaking
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Lesson 3: Timeline of Exploration
  • Review timelines using student examples
  • Retrieve concept maps for use in creating a cumulative timeline
  • Create timeline of exploration in Timeliner
  • Present timeline for peer review
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Lesson 4: Effects of Exploration on Mapmaking
  • Show examples of current day maps
  • Use “Mapmaker, Mapmaker, Make Me a Map” to create map based on given description
  • Compare and contrast the differences between 15th & 16th century maps and 21st century maps
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Culminating Activity: How European Exploration Impacted the World
  • Demonstrate example of Power Point presentation
  • Analyze information
  • Compose Power Point presentation
  • Present finished product
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This presentation has been prepared by
    • Janet Behum-Rocha,
    • Ann Costa,
    • Adrienne Gregoire and
    • John Kelly.