BENCHMARK WORLD Framework
5 C D
2 A B
Gold Seal Lesson 1 2 3 4 5
Studies/Explorers Grades K-9
Students will investigate various explorers of countries.
Focus Students will investigate a country of their own choosing and develop a presentation to reflect
the culture of that country.
Students will prepare a cultural fair presentation for parents.
Background knowledge: The students are familiar with the map and the globe. The students
Performance know the seven continents and the bodies of water.
Strategies: Reading Comprehension Strategy: Students will preview lesson for by reading
headings, looking at pictures, maps, and think about the readings and how it relates to you.
Vocabulary Flip Books: Students will make a vocabulary picture book once exposed to the
lesson and the vocabulary from each lesson.
Quick Writes: Before the lesson students reflect and write in their social studies notebooks;
What do you know about explorers? Write something important you want to know about
1. The teacher will lecture the students while the students will take notes on a graphic
organizer. Date of Exploration, Explorer, Importance of Exploration
2. Provide blank world maps so students can mark are of exploration of explorer.
3. Discuss Europeans exploring, Western Hemisphere, and the First Voyage around the
4. Discuss in depth Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan, Spanish Conquers,
Ponce de Leon, Cortes, Coronado, DaGama, and DeSoto.
5. Follow this lesson plan to complete your explorer unit. Length of unit will vary.
This rubric is written to assess the work of individual students.
Scoring Graphic Organizer
Guide 30 points = The students completely filled in 3 columns parts of graphic
20 points = The students filled in 2 columns of graphic organizer.
10 points = The students filled in 1 column of graphic organizer.
0 points = The students did not complete graphic organizer.
10 points = The students correctly labeled country and or route of explorer.
1 point per correct label of country or route of explorer.
60 points = Students have written vocabulary words from each lesson, proved definitions in
their own words, and drawn a picture to go along with the meaning.
40 points = Students have written vocabulary words of each lesson and provided a picture or
a definition in a booklet.
20 points = Students have written vocabulary words only in a booklet.
0 points = Students did not turn in a vocabulary booklet.
Apply map skills.
Essential Use writing as a tool for taking notes on a graphic organizer.
Skills Use real world relevance by identifying explorers such as Christopher Columbus and the
observance of Columbus Day.
Gathered information to understand, analyze by interpreting vocabulary in their own
Pictures, World Map
Tables, Vocabulary Flip Book
Social Studies Notebook including quick writes