Social Studies Columbian Exchange Mini-Unit Daily Lesson Plans


Date
7th Grade
Social Studies
7th Grade Integrated Science
Monday, April 11th
EQ: Who were the first Europeans to arrive in the New World?
Activity: Discover the Vikings’ Voyage to the New World by deciphering artifacts on the Smithsonian Museum of History in Washington, DC.
Assessment: Evaluating Artifacts Handout

Tuesday April 12
EQ: Why does Christopher Columbus get all the credit, then?
Discuss the difference between the Vikings and European Explorers.
Discuss specific navigational tools and major advancements in technology during Prince Henry’s ruling of Portugal.
Assessment: Oral Quiz for Each Group
Background: Basic nutrition - fats, proteins, carbs, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Data to a Google doc
Wednesday, April 13th
EQ: What have we learned so far this year? How are these events related?
Students will work in groups to create a timeline of everything we have learned during the school year. Using online sources, they will research 20+ major events, such as the Fall of Rome and the Birth of Mohammed. Then, they will organize each date into a timeline using white paper and markers.
Specific foods: Tomatoes, potatoes, corn and cacao - EQ: What did these foods bring back to Europe that wasn't there before in terms of nutrition or desire?
Thursday April 14th –Longer class
EQ: How is history connected?
Present and discuss timeline. Make connections between the Crusades, rise of Islam, and growing spice trade with the rise of exploration.
(Friday - long day) Disease: What were the exchange of disease? What was the outcome? For whom? Post your articles on Diigo
Monday, April 18th
EQ: Who were the first Europeans to arrive in the New World?
Activity: Discover the Vikings’ Voyage to the New World by deciphering artifacts on the Smithsonian Museum of History in Washington, DC.
Assessment: Evaluating Artifacts Handout

Tuesday, April 19th
EQ: Why does Christopher Columbus get all the credit, then?
Discuss the difference between the Vikings and European Explorers.
Discuss specific navigational tools and major advancements in technology during Prince Henry’s ruling of Portugal.
Assessment: Oral Quiz for Each Group

Wednesday, April 20th
EQ: What have we learned so far this year? How are these events related?
Students will work in groups to create a timeline of everything we have learned during the school year. Using online sources, they will research 20+ major events, such as the Fall of Rome and the Birth of Mohammed. Then, they will organize each date into a timeline Present and discuss timeline. Make connections between the Crusades, rise of Islam, and growing spice trade with the rise of exploration using white paper and markers.

Thursday, April 21th
(long period)
EQ: What were Columbus’ motivations to explore? How did he persuade King Ferdinand and Queen Isabel to fund his exploration?

Discussion:
1. Tell me about Christopher Columbus’ childhood. Where did he grow up? What was his favorite and most influential book?
2. Was Columbus able to convince kings and queens of his belief? Why do you think Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand took a chance on him?
3. What geographic facts did Columbus have correct? What facts did he have wrong?
4. Portuguese mathematicians figured the earth was much larger than Columbus thought. Why do you think Columbus still believed he could sail a western route to the Indies?
5. Student Task: With your 4:00 partner, write a letter to King Ferdinand and Queen Isobel trying to persuade them to support his exploration. Give details Columbus would have included to convince the Spanish leaders that he would succeed. For example, what qualified Columbus as a sailor? What tools would he use to navigate his ship? What scholars did he read about? What map would he use? Why is Columbus’ theory correct? Why would Spain benefit from his exploration?
6. Conclusion: Students share their letters to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella (two student volunteers). The students then vote on which group was more persuasive and make a decision to grant Columbus funding for the expedition or not.

Tuesday, April 26th
No class—ERB testing

Wednesday, April 27th
No class—ERB testing

Thursday, April 28th
Artifacts

Friday, April 28th
(long period)
Artifacts
Discussion

Monday, May 2nd
Columbus on Trial Activity

Tuesday, May 3rd
Columbus on Trial Activity

Wednesday, May 4th
Columbus on Trial

Thursday, May 5th


























Upcoming Mini-Units:

Effects of Colonization of the Chesapeake Indians

Art and Native Americans


Overall Assessments:
Understanding basic nutrition

Research:
Find answers to posed questions: Basic diet in Italy pre-tomato, what were the Irish eating before the potato.

Symposium:
Articulate a cogent, clear statement about profession
Use professional perspective to analyze research
Present findings and research - 5 minutes to present data and make an argument. Bullet points - no more than 4 (less with two photographs. One to two images. DOCUMENTATION on each slide. Not just url - title of page, photographer or creator, web page.