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Unformatted text preview: 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 Position and label the seven continents and the four oceans to
create a world map
create Use the equator and the prime meridian to identify the four
hemispheres Locate the countries of Spain, England, and France Identify reasons for exploring, the information gained, and the
results from the travel
results Describe the accomplishments of Christopher Columbus, Juan
Ponce de Leon, Jacque Cartier, and Christopher Newport
Ponce Locate the regions in the Americas explored by Columbus (San
Salvador in the Bahamas), Juan Ponce de Leon (near St.
Augustine, Florida), Jacques Cartier (near Quebec, Canada),
and Christopher Newport (Jamestown, Virginia)
and NORTH AMERICA EUROPE ASIA
ASIA AFRICA SOUTH AMERICA
AUSTRALIA ANTARCTICA Atl
n Arctic Ocean Indian Ocean
Pacific Ocean 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.
11 Word Bank 3 Africa
South America 4 1
9 2 10
6 7 We live on the continent of North America.
Can you name the countries on our
America Canada nt
Me P i
an United States England
Spain Wh dt
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14 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. Spain
Spain San Salvador Juan Ponce de Leon
• Ponce de Leon sailed for
• He went looking for the
Fountain of Youth
• He was the first European
to land on the peninsula
• Ponce de Leon explored
the area that later
became St. Augustine,
the first Spanish
settlement in the New
World Ponce de Leon’s Journey Spain Florida Jacques Cartier
• Cartier sailed for
• He was looking for
passage to the Indies.
• He explored the St.
Lawrence River in
Canada, near what
later became Quebec. Jacques Cartier’s Voyage St . L aw eR
renc i v er France Christopher Newport
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. England Jamestown Review
Who were the explorers we studied?
Where did they come from?
What were their accomplishments? • Christopher
Columbus • Juan Ponce de Leon • Jacques Cartier • Christopher Newport • Spain
• San Salvador
Jamestown Number your paper from 1 to 4. Match the explorer with the
accomplishment. Write the explorer’s name on the line
beside the number. ...
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- Fall '11