Topic 1 North America

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  • Topic 3. Early European exploration and conquest DECEMBER-JANUARY

    Supporting Question: What were the reasons for European voyages across the Atlantic Ocean?

    1. Historians studying the European voyages to the Americas use archaeological evidence, maps, illustrations, and texts produced in Europe at the time, and that all of these materials are called primary sources.

    2. We have evidence of Vikings and of their early encounters with Native Peoples along the North American Atlantic coast.

    3. Trace on a map European explorations of North America and the Caribbean Islands in the 15th and 16th centuries (e.g., voyages of Vasco Nun͂es de Balboa, Jacques Cartier, Cristobal Colon [Christopher Columbus], Ferdinand Magellan, Juan Ponce De Leon, Amerigo Vespucci, Hernán Cortés), evaluate the reasons for the voyages, noting that they were part of an effort by European nations to expand their empires, find new routes for trade with Asia, new opportunities for colonization, and new natural resources; make a timeline of their landings and conquests. 

      Clarification Statement: Students studied New England explorers in grade 3.

     1. EARLY EXPLORERS

    Newsella Article New World

    New World

    *Atlas p. 10-15

    *Mini-study of an explorer with a partner

    *Exploration lapbook

    Photos of Explorer Lapbook

     

     2. Explain who the Vikings were and describe evidence of their early encounters with Native Peoples along the North American Atlantic coast.

    *Viking Packet

    Brainpop Video

     

    Female Vikings

    Articles about Vikings:

    Evidence of 1st Viking Settlement

    Evidence of 2nd Viking Settlement

    Girl Finds Pre-Viking Time Period Sword

    BBC Video Clips about Viking Artifacts in Europe

     3. Trace on a map European explorations of North America and the Caribbean Islands in the 15th and 16th centuries (e.g., voyages of Vasco Nun͂es de Balboa, Jacques Cartier, Cristobal Colon [Christopher Columbus], Ferdinand Magellan, Juan Ponce De Leon, Amerigo Vespucci, Hernán Cortés), evaluate the reasons for the voyages, noting that they were part of an effort by European nations to expand their empires, find new routes for trade with Asia, new opportunities for colonization, and new natural resources; make a timeline of their landings and conquests. [3]