Spanish Explorers in America


Looking to get your students engaged in Hispanic Heritage Month? This Spanish Explorers in America lesson plan is the perfect way to do it! Focusing on the contributions of Spanish explorers in colonizing North America, this lesson uses primary source materials to get students thinking critically about history. They’ll be inspired by the stories of these fearless and resourceful pioneers!

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Hispanics were some of the first people to explore and colonize North America. Before the British and French arrived, Spanish explorers had already made their mark on this continent. Unfortunately, their contributions are often overlooked in history books or lessons. This Spanish Explorers in America lesson plan aims to change that.

Your students will learn about the brave men and women who risked everything to travel to unknown lands. They’ll also get to see history from a different perspective, one that isn’t often represented in traditional educational materials. This is an excellent way to introduce Hispanic Heritage Month, or simply to add some diversity to your students’ education.

There are few things as inspiring as learning about the accomplishments of those who came before us. With this lesson plan, your students will be enthralled and enlightened. They’ll come away with a new appreciation for the Spanish explorers who helped shape North America into what it is today.

Additional information


3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade


Biography, Social Studies

State Educational Standards

NCSS.D2.HIS.2.3-5, NCSS.D2.HIS.3.3-5, & NCSS.D2.HIS.2.6-8

Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of
most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact
your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state