European Exploration Unit- Reading Passages, Lapbook, PowerPoint, and Test!


Teach about the explorers of the Western Hemisphere with this 5+ week, no-prep unit on European Exploration. It includes a discussion on indigenous peoples and the African slave trade. You will be provided with lesson plans, a student workbook and accompanying interactive notebook (activity lapbook), a PowerPoint for teacher-guided instruction, and an end-of-unit assessment. The student workbook is also Google 1:1 compatible. Reading and literacy skill building activities are built-in to the student workbook and encouraged throughout the unit (You can also buy the Student Workbook as a stand-alone resource by CLICKING HERE).

This unit is easy to implement with independent learners and, therefore, can be used in hybrid classrooms, with at-home learners, or fully in-person classes. And as a bonus- your students will love learning about the European Exploration with Tony the Tourist!


– A Student Workbook

  • Vocabulary List
  • A Unit Outline with lessons and page numbers
  • Eight Lessons:  1. An Overview of European Exploration, 2. Spanish Exploration, 3. Portuguese Exploration, 4. French Exploration, 5. English Exploration, 6. Dutch Exploration, 7. Interactions with Indigenous Peoples, 8. Transatlantic Trade
  • Reading Passages with Guided Notes
  • Reading Skills activities
  • Study Guide
  • Google 1:1 Compatible

– An Interactive Notebook / Activity Lapbook

  • Completely aligned with the Student Workbook
  • 6 interactive activities
  • Can be used by students independently, for homework, or collaborative learning
  • 8 Writing Prompts on a Choice Board
  • Vocabulary Flashcards

– PowerPoint

  • Provides a digital format of the Student Workbook
  • Great for teacher-guided instruction and read alouds
  • Unit content is not editable, but you can add or delete slides

– Teacher Guide

  • Lesson plans with Student Learning Objectives and Essential Questions
  • Answer Keys for all resources
  • Unit preparation checklist
  • State Standards: Common Core, TEKS, VA SOL
  • Link to Google compatible Student Workbook

– Test

  • Editable Word document and PDF provided
  • 5 fill-in-the-blank questions with a word bank
  • 5 multiple choice questions
  • 5 True/False statements
  • 2 short response questions

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