EXPLORE – Video and Digital Teacher Lesson Plan Resources
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Digital teacher and student lesson plan resources for grades 3-5 as part of EXPLORE (Experiential Learning On-line Resources for Educators,) made possible by a previous NEH National Endowment of the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture Grant. Studies focus on the story of Cabrillo and his galleon San Salvador which took place during the age of European exploration that began with the Portuguese sailing southward around Africa to reach India and the Spice Islands, and the Spanish sailing westward with the same goal—to tap into the riches of Asia.
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EXPLORE Lesson Plan for California Teachers
Lesson Title: Cabrillo and the Kumeyaay: A First Encounter Illustration
Grade Level: 3
- Students will analyze images and describe observations.
- Students describe features of the explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo.
- Students discuss and describe features of Kumeyaay Indians.
- Students identify adaptations that people make to differing environments.
Lesson Title: Introduction to Maps
Grade Level: 3
- Students will describe maps and their uses.
- Students will make a map of their local environment.
Lesson Title: Maps Tell Stories About the World
Grade Level: 3-5
Lesson Title: Cabrillo and the Kumeyaay: A First Contact Two-Voice Poem
Grade Level: 4
- Students will describe features of Spanish explorers and exploration.
- Students will describe the environment and daily activities of the Kumeyaay Indians.
- Students will identify, discuss, and describe differing points of view during cultural contact.
Lesson Title: What’s in a Name?
Grade Level: 4
- Students will research, record, and share information about California cities.
Lesson Title: Who First Settled America?
Grade Level: 5
- Students will identify and describe early settlers in America.
- Students will describe early explorations and settlements in the Americas.
Lesson Title: Are you Suited for Exploration?
Grade Level: 5
History of Oceanic Exploration
Humanity has always moved through our world with curiosity and fascination. We always want to know what’s over the horizon and why the world works the way it does. We believe that science is a process, a collection of methods that humans have developed to better understand the natural world and navigate our way through it. That is never more evident than in the story of how we explored the seas.
Voyages of the San Salvador – Cabrillo’s Journey
NPS film, Voyages of the San Salvador – Cabrillo’s Journey follows the 1542 expedition led by Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo on a journey to find a route to China to trade for valuable spices. This expedition marked the first European landing on what is now the west coast of the United States. Filmed on the Maritime Museum of San Diego’s replica of the San Salvador, and with the use of interviews, the movie allows viewers to experience what life was like during the Age of Exploration. While Cabrillo’s expedition never found a route to China, Cabrillo and the San Salvador play a significant role in California history.
Galleon San Salvador
A Partnership In History, Cabrillo National Monument & Maritime Museum San Diego.
First Contact – The Voyage of Cabrillo
This tale is actually two parallel stories. One is the voyage of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo – a Portuguese conquistador sailing for the Spanish – who was looking for China but instead ‘discovered’ Alta California and the Channel Islands. And that was 89 years before the Pilgrims got to Plymouth Rock, meaning that America really started here. His story is intercut with the San Diego Maritime Museum’s ambitious, years in the making, and ultimately successful effort to build a replica of Cabrillo’s flagship the San Salvador.
Building and Sailing the San Salvador
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- Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo was born in Palma de Micer Gilio (later called Palma del Río), a village located near Córdoba in southern Spain…
- The story of Cabrillo and his galleon San Salvador took place during the age of European exploration that began with the Portuguese sailing southward around Africa to reach India and the Spice Islands, and the Spanish sailing westward with the same goal—to tap into the riches of Asia…
Interpretive Text Panels
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Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo Timeline
Mission Of The San Salvador
Personal Arms And Clothing
San Salvador 1542
San Salvador Designing
San Salvador Building The Galleon
San Salvador Sail Plan
San Salvador Voyage To California
The Life Of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo
Understanding The Pacific
Downloadable Paper Models
San Salvador paper models.
- Download v1 Advanced Difficulty Level San Salvador paper model. Click here for v1.
- Download v2 Medium Difficulty Level San Salvador paper model. Click here for v2.
v1 is an Advanced Difficulty Level, and v2 is a Medium Difficulty Level.
San Salvador paper models are FREE of charge by the Maritime Museum of San Diego, this model will help teach young and old alike the details of sixteenth-century Spanish galleons. The paper model is made from a series of digital design sheets that are downloaded over the internet and printed out on paper from an ink-jet or color laser printer.