Early Exploration

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Clip: Early Exploration

Learn about some of the earliest known explorers, from the Vikings to Marco Polo

Student Application

Follow a young boy as he learns about Early Explorers through a letter from his father.

Learning Objectives

  1. Students will be able to describe the discovery of the Americas by Columbus and other European explorers and also the first permanent Spanish, French, and English settlements in North America, with emphasis on the people (explorers and their sponsors), their motivations, the obstacles they encountered, and the successes they achieved.

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Supporting Activities

  1. Before the video:

    1. Hold a short discussion about the meaning of exploration. List the ideas and examples on the board.
    2. After the video:

      1. Pair up students to make a map world map that is marked with the travel routes of the ma...

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