Friday, October 12, 2012

Exploration, Colonial America

Here are a few websites that I've located that may help with your research of Explorers and Colonial America. I just focused on explorers in this first installment.

Second installment- I've added a couple of websites since the last edition, including the two Multnomah County Library sites, one on explorers and one about colonial America (10/17/11).


1492: An Ongoing Voyage: Columbus
This Library of Congress exhibition examines the first contacts between Native American people and European explorers, conquerors and settlers from 1492 to 1600.

I would recommend having the kids go to the "Outline of Objects and Topics in 1492: An Ongoing Voyage" to see the whole outline of the website.

Multnomah County - Explorers Page
This comprehensive site provides an alphabetical list of famous contemporary and ancient explorers, such as Alexander the Great, the ancient Greek conqueror, and York, the slave who accompanied Lewis & Clark on their famous expedition. It also gives a list of megasites devoted to explorers and exploration, including the conquistadors and information about the Age of Exploration, from the 13th - 18th centuries.

Space Day.
Launched in 1997, as an educational initiative, Space Day is the first Thursday of each May. Students are encouraged to participate in suggested Design Challenges to provide unique solutions to some "out-of-this-world" problems encountered in space exploration by role playing scientists, engineers, and explorers working on the space frontier. Suggestions for Design Challenges are posted a year in advance. Space Day tool kits are available for educators to help in planning a Space Day Event, including suggested classroom activities, large group activities, and interviews with former astronauts.

World Book Encyclopedia online

There are five different parts of World Book online:
- World Book Kids- easy to read articles, easy to navigate
- World Book Student- articles can be "read" by the computer, individual research accounts
- World Book Advanced (for advanced 4th and 5th graders)- hundreds of thousands of primary source documents, can search both primary and secondary sources
- World Book Discover (for differentiated learning)- over 1000 instructional videos, computer can "read" the text
- World Book's Estudiantil Hallazgos- Spanish Encyclopedia for young children, links to Spanish language newspaper, compare and explore animals, along with audio files

Zoom School - Explorers
This simple site, geared for 3rd and 4th graders, or low 5th graders, provides some very brief summaries of the exploits of various explorers, along with a timeline.

Discoverer's Web
This website has information about explorers from the ancient world, the Medieval period, and the Age of Discovery.

Colonial America

Multnomah County - Colonial America
This online compilation of all things related to American History has a section entitled, "17th Century (1600s) Colonial America." Included in this section are pages devoted to Colonial American megasites, along with websites that deal with the British, Dutch, and French colonies, Pilgrims and Puritans, Primary documents, the Salem Witch Trials, and Thanksgiving.

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