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EXPLORE

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.

Lesson Plans


EXPLORE Lesson Plan for California Teachers


Lesson Title: Cabrillo and the Kumeyaay: A First Encounter Illustration
Grade Level: 3
Lesson Objectives:
  • 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
Lesson Objectives:
  • 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 Objectives:
  • Students will analyze and interpret maps.

Lesson Title: Cabrillo and the Kumeyaay: A First Contact Two-Voice Poem
Grade Level: 4
Lesson Objectives:
  • 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
Lesson Objective:
  • Students will research, record, and share information about California cities.

Lesson Title: Who First Settled America?
Grade Level: 5
Lesson Objectives:
  • 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
Lesson Objectives:
  • Students will research, record, and share information about explorers and expeditions.
  • Students will identify and discuss issues related to exploration.

Background History


About 1499
  • Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo was born in Palma de Micer Gilio (later called Palma del Río), a village located near Córdoba in southern Spain…

Historical Background
  • 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

Seaborne Weapons

San Salvador Voyage To California

The Life Of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo

Understanding The Pacific

Downloadable Paper Models


San Salvador paper models.

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.