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Activity Overview

Students can create a poster sized map for a variety of projects related to U.S. history. When it comes to the Age of Exploration, it's helpful for them to acknowledge the people who lived on the land prior to European conquest. In this activity, students will label the regions and the people who lived there Students can create a map that identifies sovereign Indigenous lands today and make a comparison between what they were before colonization. They can also create a map that showcases the first European settlements across all of North America. The possibilities are endless!

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Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Label a map of the Americas with Indigenous cultural regions, settlements, and more.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment"
  2. Add text to the map to correctly label Cultural regions, settlements, and anything else.
  3. Add appropriate imagery.
  4. Save and exit when you're finished.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/5/7] Conduct short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/5/8] Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; summarize or paraphrase information in notes and finished work, and provide a list of sources.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RI/5/9] Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.


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