Teachers' Domain, The Columbian Exchange , published September 27, 2011, retrieved on ,
In this self-paced literacy lesson, students watch video dramatizations that tell the story of the Spanish explorers who arrived in the Americas with Columbus and introduced European, African, and Asian plants and animals to the Western Hemisphere. Students develop their literacy skills as they explore a social studies focus on how the long-term import and export of plants, animals, and diseases—the Columbian Exchange—impacted life on both sides of the Atlantic. During this process, they read informational text, learn and practice vocabulary words, and explore content through videos and interactive activities. When they are finished, students select and complete a writing assignment offline.
This is a student-directed lesson. Students will complete the lesson online, then print a summary of their notes and interactive activity results. Students can use this printout for reference when completing the final writing assignment offline.
Download and print the The Columbian Exchange—Teacher's Guide (PDF) for essential background information and suggestions for ways to support the lesson.
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