Lesson Plans World History II SOL 4d: Columbian Exchange
Standard WH II:
The student will demonstrate knowledge of the impact of the European Age of Discovery and expansion into the Americas, Africa, and Asia by
SOL 4d) describing the Columbian Exchange, including its impact on native populations.
Introduction: A Bell-ringer activity
Notes: Students copy-down and discuss teacher generated notes
Activities: Students complete various in class activities to support learning including video analysis, maps, charts, diagrams, graphic organizers, worksheets, text-book questions, group discussion, KWL Charts etc.
Assessment: Informal, Formal, Exit-Questions, Teacher Questioning. Quizzes, Tests, Projects
• Western Hemisphere agricultural
products, such as corn, potatoes, and
tobacco, changed European lifestyles.
• European horses and cattle changed
the lifestyles of American Indians.
• European diseases, such as smallpox,
killed many American Indians.
Impact of the Columbian Exchange
• Shortage of labor to grow cash crops
led to the use of African slaves.
• Slavery was based on race.
• European plantation system in the
Caribbean and the Americas destroyed
indigenous economics and damaged
Activities That Support Lesson Plans
Crash Course World History: Columbian Exchange. Student’s name 5 facts from clip OR address the following questions:
- 1. Explain the exchange of disease.
- 2. What are some Old World animals brought to the New World?
- 3. List some New World plants brought to the Old World.
- 4. What is the relationship between new world plants and population growth?
- 5. What was brought to the New World to work the farming fields and plantations?
- 6. What do you think, is the world better off with or without the Columbian Exchange?
Note: The above activities are best used with the Virginia Prentice Hall World History: The Modern Era textbook.
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