Teacher Lesson Ideas

Exploration and Settlement

Share with your students the history of the exploration and settlement of America! Try creating an “Explorers Timeline” with your students, plotting the voyages to the New World. Look at Martin Behaim’s Globe, which illustrates 15th century historical actors’ understanding of world geography. Behaim’s Globe contains historical notes. Look at John White watercolors and De Bry engravings to see European colonists’ perceptions of Native Americans. After studying early settlement have your students create colonial journals of their imagined New World experiences. Learning about the motivations, successes, and failures of early explorers and settlers provides terrific historic background for the study of South Carolina and the United States. (See John White watercolors and De Bry engravings).

Mitzi Crawford
Whitesville Elementary School, SC
2002 Lowcountry Institute

Yvonne M. Gadsden
Brookland - Cayce Grammar School, SC
2002 Midlands Institute

Jean Honeycutt
Lambs Elementary School, SC
2002 Lowcountry Institute

Denise Hurley
Windsor Elementary School, SC
2002 Lowcountry Institute

Rene Jones
Spann Elementary School, SC
2002 Lowcountry Institute

Jenifer Long
St. Stephens Elementary School, SC
2002 Lowcountry Institute

Bob Myers
Whitesides Elementary School, SC
2002 Lowcountry Institute

Michelle Smith
Busbee Middle School, SC
2002 Midlands Institute

Tina Washington
Lewis Greenview Elementary School, SC
2002 Midlands Institute

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