Overview


Subject/Sub-Subject: Social Studies/Explorers


Title: Sort It Out - Explorers: Columbus, Ponce de Leon, Cartier, Newport (Extension (SMART Board) )


Summary:


Participants sort pictures using SMART software and explain their choices. Each picture has a clue to a placement both in sorting the pictures and explaining choices.


Understanding Goal

People explore for many different reasons.

Investigative Question

Why did Columbus, Ponce de Leon, Cartier and Newport explore?

Grade(s): 2, preK
Audience: General
Learners: Second grade students of mixed abilities.
Required Vocabulary: N/A
Prior Content Knowledge: N/A
Standards

3.3 The student will study the exploration of the Americas by
a) describing the accomplishments of Christopher Columbus, Juan Ponce de LŽon, Jacques
Cartier, and Christopher Newport;
b) identifying reasons for exploring, the information gained, and the results from the travels.

Field Tests

Click on the title to expand the description of each field test

November 02, 2007 - Maria Tucker

Sources

Sort It Out: Extension (SMART Board) - Explorers: Columbus, Ponce de Leon, Cartier, Newport - Christopher Columbus

Click on an image for more information.

Slideshow Icon View as a slideshow
Columbus' Coat of Arms Book of Privileges The First voyage

Required Materials

Files

Explorers_2nd_Grade_LOC.notebook
images.zip
explorers_UG_IQ2.doc
explorers_bibs.doc

Web Sites

Download Free Notebook Interactive Viewer - interactive will work without a Smartboard

Directions

Investigation

Step 1 Discuss with students the Understanding Goal, "People explore for different reasons." Ask students, "How might the resources, stories of these explorers, and our adventure in this activity relate to this idea?"
Step 2 Ask students to move 12 symbols to a chart with names of the four explorers across the top and three questions along the side. Answer the first questions, "Where did they depart from?"
Step 3 Drag the images to answer the second queston, "Why did they explore?"
Step 4 Drag the images to answer the third question, "What did they accomplish?"
Step 5 Ask students to fill in a follow-up page. Answer the question for step 1: "These are the pictures that go with each explorer. Did you select these pictures for number 1? If you did, please explain why you chose them. If you did not, please explain the pictures you did choose." Answer the question for step 2: "These are the pictures that go with each explorer. Three of these pictures show something about the place that each explorer discovered. The picture for Columbus does not. Why do you think this picture was chosen to represent Columbus and what he discovered?" Answer the question for step 3: "These are the pictures that go with each explorer. How did you know what each explorer discovered? How did you decide which picture belonged with each explorer?"

Best Instructional Practices


Understanding Goal

People explore for many different reasons.

Investigative Question

Why did Columbus, Ponce de Leon, Cartier and Newport explore?


Analysis of Student Learning


Students worked in groups of two and were excited about the format of linked and moveable pictures. They were able to complete steps 1,2 and 3 fairly easily with what they had already learned in class and with the clues that were given. Step 4 was more difficult for students to complete, so the class discussed the first question and small groups of 4 finished the other two. Students were able to apply what they knew about these explorers to answering these questions and to analyze their choices.


Analysis of Best Instructional Practices (learn more)

Literacy Instruction Literacy Instruction(learn more)

Reading Comprehension

Students read directions and clues.

Writing

Students answer questions in writing.

Teaching for Understanding Teaching for Understanding(learn more)

Learners Explain Thinking

Students explain their choices in this activity.

Technology Integration Technology Integration(learn more)

Content Presented

SMART notebook file with interactive pages.

Reflections and Recommendations


Second Grade students had difficulty finishing this project. I would suggest that students work in groups of three or four and each work with only one set or one picture in each set. Then groups could discuss what they have learned about each symbol and then answer questions on follow-up activity page.

Credits

Authors and Contributors

Terri Birr
Pine Spring Elementary School, Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia

Library of Congress Items

Library of Congress items used in this Lesson Plan.

Thumbnail Library of Congress Item
Columbus' Coat of Arms Unknown. 1502. Columbus' Coat of Arms. Library of Congress: Exhibitions, 1492: An Ongoing Voyage.
Virginia / discovered and discribed by Captayn John Smith, 1606 ; graven by William Hole. Smith, J. 1606. Virginia / discovered and discribed by Captayn John Smith, 1606 ; graven by William Hole. Library of Congress: American Memory, Map Collections: 1500-2004.
Spain United States. Central Intelligence Agency. 1982. Spain. Library of Congress: American Memory, Map Collections: 1500-2004.
Book of Privileges Columbus, C. ca. 1502. Book of Privileges . Library of Congress: Exhibitions, 1492: An Ongoing Voyage.
St. Augustine, Florida. Catholic Church Cooley, S.A . 1861-1869. St. Augustine, Florida. Catholic Church. Library of Congress: Prints & Photographs, Civil War Photographs .
Floridae Americae provinciae recens & exactissima descriptio auctor Iacobo le Moyne cui cognomen de Morgues, qui Laudōnierum, altera Gallorum in eam prouinciam nauigatione comitat est, atque adhibitis aliquot militibus ob pericula, regionis illius interiora & maritima diligentissim lustrauit, & exactissim dimensus est, obseruata etiam singulorum fluminum inter se distantia, ut ipsemet redux Carolo .IX. Galliarum regi, demonstrauit. Le Moyne de Morgues, J. 1591 Floridae Americae provinciae recens & exactissima descriptio auctor Iacobo le Moyne cui cognomen de Morgues, qui Laudōnierum, altera Gallorum in eam prouinciam nauigatione comitat est, atque adhibitis aliquot militibus ob pericula, regionis illius interiora & maritima diligentissim lustrauit, & exactissim dimensus est, obseruata etiam singulorum fluminum inter se distantia, ut ipsemet redux Carolo .IX. Galliarum regi, demonstrauit. Library of Congress: American Memory, Map Collections: 1500-2004.
Nouvelle carte qui comprend les principaux triangles qui servent de fondement  la description gometrique de la France : leve par ordre du Roy / par Messrs. Maraldi & Cassini de Thury, de l'Academie Royale des Sciences ; trace d'aprs les Mesures, et grav par Dheulland ; Aubin scripsit. Maraldi, J. D. 1744?. Nouvelle carte qui comprend les principaux triangles qui servent de fondement la description gometrique de la France : leve par ordre du Roy / par Messrs. Maraldi & Cassini de Thury, de l'Academie Royale des Sciences ; trace d'aprs les Mesures, et grav par Dheulland ; Aubin scripsit. Library of Congress: American Memory, Map Collections: 1500-2004.
A view of Miramichi, a French settlement in the Gulf of St. Laurence, destroyed by Brigadier Murray detached by General Wolfe for that purpose, from the Bay of Gaspe Vue de Miramichi establissement Francois dans le Golfe de St. Laurent, dtruit par le Brigadier Murray, dtach a cet effet de la Baye de Gasp, par le Gnral Wolfe / drawn on the spot by Capt. Hervey Smyth ; etch'd by Paul Sandby ; retouched by P. Benazech. Unknown. 1768. A view of Miramichi, a French settlement in the Gulf of St. Laurence, destroyed by Brigadier Murray detached by General Wolfe for that purpose, from the Bay of Gaspe Vue de Miramichi establissement Francois dans le Golfe de St. Laurent, dtruit par le Brigadier Murray, dtach a cet effet de la Baye de Gasp, par le Gnral Wolfe / drawn on the spot by Capt. Hervey Smyth ; etch'd by Paul Sandby ; retouched by P. Benazech. Library of Congress: Prints & Photographs.
A new map of Nova Scotia, and Cape Breton Island with the adjacent parts of New England and Canada, composed from a great number of actual surveys; and other materials regulated by many new astronomical observations of the longitude as well as latitude; by Thomas Jefferys, geographer to the King. Jefferys, Thomas 1775. A new map of Nova Scotia, and Cape Breton Island with the adjacent parts of New England and Canada, composed from a great number of actual surveys; and other materials regulated by many new astronomical observations of the longitude as well as latitude; by Thomas Jefferys, geographer to the King. Library of Congress: American Memory, Map Collections: 1500-2004.
United Kingdom, administrative divisions. Central Intelligence Agency, 1988. United Kingdom, administrative divisions. Library of Congress: American Memory, Map Collections: 1500-2004.
The First voyage L. Prang & Co. 1893. The First voyage. Library of Congress: Prints & Photographs, Popular Graphic Arts.