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Captain John Smith's Jamestown Adventure

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  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: Katie Kinney
Organization:University of North Alabama
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 1020
Title:
Captain John Smith's Jamestown Adventure
Digital Tool/Resource:
On the Trail of Captain John Smith: A Jamestown Adventure
Web Address – URL:
Overview:

This is an interactive from National Geographic allowing students to go on a journey with Captain John Smith to discover Jamestown and the year 1607.  The interactive tells the story of John Smith's journey to Jamestown and his adventures allowing students to choose what happens next and play mini-games to experience many of the challenges John Smith had to face at Jamestown. 

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 5
United States Studies: Beginnings to the Industrial Revolution
4 ) Determine the economic and cultural impact of European exploration during the Age of Discovery upon European society and American Indians.

•  Identifying significant early European patrons, explorers, and their countries of origin, including early settlements in the New World
Examples: patrons—King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella

explorers—Christopher Columbus

early settlements—St. Augustine, Quebec, Jamestown

•  Tracing the development and impact of the Columbian Exchange
Unpacked Content
Strand: Economics, Geography, History, Civics and Government
Course Title: United States Studies: Beginnings to the Industrial Revolution
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • Identify the economic and cultural impact of European exploration during the Age of Discovery upon European society and American Indians.
  • Identify significant early European patrons and explorers, as well as the early settlements in the New World.
  • Trace the development and impact of the Columbian Exchange.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • economic impact
  • cultural impact
  • Age of Discovery
  • patrons (King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella)
  • explorers (Christopher Columbus, Ponce de Leon, Hernando de Soto)
  • early settlements (St. Augustine, Quebec, Jamestown)
  • Columbian Exchange
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • The economic and cultural impacts on European society and American Indians by European exploration during the Age of Discovery.
  • The significant early patrons and explorers.
  • The development and impact of the Columbian Exchange.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • Identify the geography of North America.
  • Discuss the discoveries of Columbus and the exploration and conquests of Pizarro and Cortes.
  • Explain the economic and cultural impact of European exploration during the Age of Discovery upon European society and American Indians.
  • Identify significant early European patrons, explorers, and their country of origin.
  • Locate significant early European settlements in the New World.
  • Map the Columbian exchange.
  • Explain how science, technology, and economic factors have developed, changed and affected societies throughout history.
  • Explain how religious and philosophical ideas have been powerful forces throughout history.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • European exploration connected the old world to the new world creating both positive and negative changes across the globe.
Alabama Archives Resources:
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Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SS.AAS.5.4- Locate North America and Europe on a world map to illustrate journey; identify primary early European explorers, including Columbus, De Soto, and Magellan; recognize that European explorers sailed to America for economic, religious, and personal gain.


Learning Objectives:

Students will be able to explain the economic and cultural impact John Smith's exploration had on the Native Americans and the people of England.

  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  
Phase:
During/Explore/Explain
Activity:

After introducing a lesson on European exploration, students play this interactive Jamestown adventure to learn about John Smith's adventures at Jamestown.  The last adventure tells the story of what happened when John Smith left Jamestown.  Students are posed with the question:  Why is exploration so important?  Students should answer this question in their Social Studies Journal.

Assessment Strategies:

After completing the activity, students answer the question:  Why is exploration so important?  


Advanced Preparation:

Students will need internet connected devices.  Test interactive on the computer before students use it.

Variation Tips (optional):
 
Notes or Recommendations (optional):
 
  Keywords and Search Tags  
Keywords and Search Tags: Chesapeake Bay, exploration, Jamestown, John Smith