Famous Explorers of America

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4th grade Georgia Performance Standard on famous explorers of America.

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Famous Explorers of America:

Famous Explorers of America Presentation by Jaclyn Davies Georgia Performance Standard: SS4H2.a

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Table of Contents Shoulder Buddy discussion and Discovering America song What is an Explorer? Where were T hey Traveling from? What were They Looking for? John Cabot Vasco Nunez de Balboa Juan Ponce de Leon Christopher Columbus Extra Credit and Columbus video Henry Hudson Jacques Cartier Timeline Activity directions Timeline Example A little more on Christopher Columbus Next Assignment References

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First: Before we begin, turn to your Shoulder Buddy. Can you answer any of these questions? You have one minute to tell each other your answers. What is an explorer? When you explore something, what are you doing? Can you name any explorers? Second: Check out this link to see what we will be talking about today! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWY50mH5awQ Shoulder Buddy Discussion

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What is an explorer? Which famous explorers found America? An explorer is someone who travels to an unknown area. Some famous explorers that we will learn about today are: John Cabot Vasco Nunez de Balboa Juan Ponce de Leon Christopher Columbus Henry Hudson Jacques Cartier

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Where were they traveling from? What were they searching for? Explorer : Born in: Explored for: Looking for: John Cabot Italy England Route to Asia Vasco Balboa Spain Spain Route to Asia Juan Ponce de Leon Spain Spain The Fountain of Youth Christopher Columbus Italy Spain Route to Asia Henry Hudson England England Route to Asia Jacques Cartier France France Route to Asia What did they all have in common?

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John Cabot Born in 1450. Died in 1498. In 1497, Cabot landed on the eastern coast of Canada.

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Vasco Balboa Born in 1475. Died in 1519. Known for finding the Pacific Ocean in 1513.

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Juan Ponce de Leon Born in 1474. Died in 1521. When searching for Fountain of Youth, he found Florida in 1513.

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Christopher Columbus Born in 1451. Died in 1506. Found the “New World” in 1492.

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Extra Credit ! Can you name Christopher Columbus’ three ships? Check out this Christopher Columbus video! http://app.discoveryeducation.com/player/view/assetGuid/E25FA055-473D-457C-976F-1134B35F0084

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Henry Hudson Born in 1565. Died in 1611. Best known for finding North American waterways, like the Hudson Bay.

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Jacques Cartier Born in 1491. Died in 1557. Best known for finding the St. Lawrence River.

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Timeline Activity Directions With a partner, choose two explorers and create a timeline of their lives. Be sure to include: Birth year Death year Year that they found what they are most famous for. You may use your notes from this lesson!

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Timeline Example Columbus & Ponce de Leon

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A little more on Christopher Columbus What do you notice about the amount of men from the first voyage to the second voyage? Voyages

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Your Next Assignment In groups of 3-4, choose two explorers that you want to research. You can even choose the two from your timeline before. Using our classroom computers and the iPads , find three more facts about each of your explorers. Complete a Venn Diagram like the sample above. Good luck!

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Resources http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/famouspeople/christopher_columbus/ http://www.ducksters.com/biography/explorers/ http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/articles/worldhistory/juanponcedeleon1.htm

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