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This US History Lesson Plan Includes:
1) Bell Ringer / Opening Activity (Columbus discovers the New World)
2) Presentation (Columbian exchange PowerPoint)
- Columbian exchange map
- Columbian exchange chart
- Columbian exchange effects
3) Guided Notes worksheet for presentation
4) Content Reading Activity
6) Worksheet (Crossword Puzzle Columbian exchange worksheet)
7) BONUS: Video "The Columbian Exchange" (12 Minutes)
8) EXTRA: Word Search Columbian exchange worksheet
9) Answer key for all activities
10) Already aligned to national standards!
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Content covered in this US History Lesson Plan
Christopher Columbus and other explorers eventually realized they had discovered an entire new world that Europeans did not know existed. European countries began making claims on different portions of the Americas. Thousands came to the Americas and started to send goods and resources back to Europe.
New goods between to the “new” world and the “old” world began to be transported between the regions. This was called the Columbian Exchange. European nations began to have hostility toward each other in fighting for the new land. In 1494, to avoid conflict, Spain and Portugal signed the Treaty of Tordesillas and divided the Western Hemisphere.
Conquistadors were Spaniards who, motivated by the prospect of wealth, left to explore the Americas. In 1519, Hernando Cortes and over five hundred men went to conquer the Aztecs and take their gold. Montezuma, an Aztec leader, thought Cortes was a god and agreed to give him gold. The Spaniards forced the Aztecs to mine for gold and they rebelled and forced the Conquistadors out. In 1521, Cortes gathered an alliance of other Native Americans to fight the Aztecs. Many of the Native Americans were being killed off by disease in this time as well.
Spain had control of areas in North America, including modern day New Mexico, San Antonio, and San Diego. Spanish men married Native American women and created the Mestizo race. Spain and England went to war over the new world claims. Spain sent the Spanish Armada to attack England in 1588; yet, they failed. From that point forward, England controlled the North American territory bordering the Atlantic.
US History Vocabulary in this Lesson Plan
- Christopher Columbus
- The Columbian Exchange
- Treaty of Tordesillas
- Hernando Cortes
- Columbian Exchange Chart
- Columbian Exchange Effects
- Columbian Exchange Map
- Columbian Exchange PowerPoint
- Columbian Exchange Worksheets
- Facts about Hernando Cortes