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Delving first into the Native American nations, students use bulleted facts and drawings to create a Codex that describes the four components of one nation. As experts, they then “trade” this information within a jigsaw group, identifying all those who lived in the Americas before the explorers arrived. The journey continues as student pairs learn about famous explorers and create Bio Cards that tell about each explorer’s life and where they sailed. The simulation has four phases of activity that takes approximately 15 days to complete; however, it can be adjusted according to your students’ needs.