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Impacts of the Columbian Exchange

Impacts of the Columbian Exchange

Author: Beth Barsness
  1. Students will be able to describe the diffusion and impacts on culture through the exchange of foods, animals, and diseases in the Americas during the mid-1500s.
  2. Students will reflect on how the Columbian Exchange affects their lives today.

The general goal of this lesson is to study the Columbian Exchange; mainly, how the diffusion of a culture impacts a new area.  Students will focus on the exchange of foods, animals and diseases between the Eastern and Western hemispheres during the mid-1500s, and how those changes affected the Americas – positively and negatively.

Length of time needed: 2-3 class periods (50 minutes each)

This lesson was written by Sue Anderson.

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Lesson Plan

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Source: Sue Anderson

Handouts and Materials

The following files can be downloaded to your computer:

Lesson Plan (Word document)

Newsweek Article on the Columbian Exchange (PDF document)

Source: Sue Anderson