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QR Challenge: New Empires in the Americas

Created using the ClassTools QR Treasure Hunt Generator

Teacher Notes

A. Prior to the lesson:

1. Arrange students into groups. Each group needs at least ONE person who has a mobile device.

2. If their phone camera doesn't automatically detect and decode QR codes, ask students to

3. Print out the QR codes.

4. Cut them out and place them around your class / school.


B. The lesson:

1. Give each group a clipboard and a piece of paper so they can write down the decoded questions and their answers to them.

2. Explain to the students that the codes are hidden around the school. Each team will get ONE point for each question they correctly decode and copy down onto their sheet, and a further TWO points if they can then provide the correct answer and write this down underneath the question.

3. Away they go! The winner is the first team to return with the most correct answers in the time available. This could be within a lesson, or during a lunchbreak, or even over several days!


C. TIPS / OTHER IDEAS

4. A detailed case study in how to set up a successful QR Scavenger Hunt using this tool can be found here.


Questions / Answers (teacher reference)

Question

Answer

1. Who were the first Europeans to make contact with North America?Vikings
2. Vikings were skilled sailors and created a new style of ship, called what?Longship
3. Who was the son of Erik the Red?Leif Eriksson
4. Where did Eriksson and his crew land?Labrador Peninsula
5. In the early 1400s, who became a leader in world exploration?Portugal
6. Who was responsible for advances that made exploration successful?Henry the Navigator
7. What did Prince Henry build?observatory and a navigation school
8. What are the two reasons why Europeans wanted to explore the world?Wanted asian spices and wanted to convert people to their faith
9. What did triangular sails enable boats to do?Sail into the wind
10. What is an astrolobe?a device that enabled navigators to learn their ship's location by charting the position of the stars
11. Who led an expedition from Portugal southward along the African coast?Bartolomeu Dias
12. What was a major result of Portugal's exploration?Atlantic slave trade
13. Which sailor was from Genoa, Italy?Christopher Columbus
14. Who funded Columbus' expedition?King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain
15. What were Columbus' three ships?Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria
16. Columbus thought he landed in Asia, but where had he landed?Bahamas
17. A German mapmaker labeled the continents across the ocean America in honor of who?Vespucci
18. Who was killed in a battle with the native peoples of the Philippines?Magellan
19. What is to circumnavigate?go all the way around the globe
20. What were four items brought from Europe during the Columbian Exchange?cattle, fruit, diseases, grains, horses, sugarcane
21. Where were four items brought from the Americas during the Columbian Exchange?cocoa, corn, potatoes, squash, tobacco, turkey
22. Who were conquistadors?soldiers who led military expeditions in the Americas
23. Why did Hernan Cortes left Cuba for Mexico?heard of a wealthy land in the west
24. Who ruled the Aztec Empire?Moctezuma
25. What led to the fall of the Aztec Empire?Cortes seizing control of Tenochtitlan and diseases
26. Francisco Pizarro wanted to take over which empire?Inca
27. The Spanish established three kinds of settlements in New Spain, what are they?Pueblos, Missions, and Presidios - military bases
28. What was El Camino Real?a network of roads from Mexico City to Santa Fe
29. Who discovered the coast of present day Florida?Ponce De Leon
30. Leon searched Florida for what?mythical fountain of youth
31. Who fought for better treatment of Native Americans?Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca
32. What was the encomienda system?Gave settlers the right to tax local Native Americans or make them work. In exchange, these settlers were supposed to protect the Native Americans and convert them to Christianity.
33. What are plantations?large farms that grew just one kind of crop
34. What advantages did the Spanish have over Native Americans?immunity to diseases and superior weaponry

 



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