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Teach Conquest of the Americas
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Theory

Conquest of the Americas

This lesson has you continue playing Odyssey and takes a look at some of the concepts featured in the game.

Teacher Resources

  • Theory: This lesson has the students continue playing Odyssey and provides a look at the conquest of the Americas and astronomical concepts.
  • Play: The students play the game, reading and solving the astronomy-themed puzzles.
  • Shares & Discuss: These tasks focus on the history of the conquest of the Americans and astronomical concepts.

History of the Conquest of the Americas

  • Christopher Columbus was a famous explorer whose failed expedition to discover a shorter route to Asia led to the accidental discovery of the American Continents for the Europeans of the Early Modern Period
  • Conquest of the Americas decimated and enslaved the native population and ultimately gave birth to many modern nations
  • The Golden Age of Piracy is a common designation given to usually one or more outbursts of piracy in the maritime history of the early modern period.

Amphibian Attack of Spanish-Tlaxcalan Forces.

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Concepts and Terms

  • Zodiac Constellations are all of the 12 constellations after which the signs of the zodiac are named: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces.
  • Solar Eclipse occurs when the Sun is obscured by the Moon.
  • Celestial Sphere is an imaginary sphere of which the observer is the centre and on which all celestial objects are considered to lie.
  • Seasons are each of the four divisions of the year (spring, summer, autumn, and winter) marked by particular weather patterns and daylight hours, resulting from the Earth's changing position with regard to the Sun.

Cosmic 'winter' wonderland.

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Play

Lesson Goal

Play Odyssey! Remember to read the journal to understand how to solve each puzzle. Remember also to check your inventory if you are stuck.

Teacher Resources

If the students have trouble solving some of the puzzles, you can help them or suggest that they read the journal again (by pressing space and clicking on the journal). Occasionally, the students will also need to use the pickaxe (found early on) to break objects.

Students having trouble? Click here to download the solutions to the puzzles!

How to Play

To begin playing, click on New Game.

To continue a previous game, click on Continue.

Gameplay screenshot

Share & Discuss

Share & Discuss

  • How far along did you get?
  • Did you have any problems with a specific puzzle? Which one?
  • Did you get stuck at any puzzle? Which one?

Teacher Resources

If it turns out that some of the students got stuck at some puzzle, you may also use this moment to show (or have one of the students show) the solution to the puzzle and go through it together. Alternatively, you can let the students try solving that puzzle during the next lesson.

Tasks after Playing

  • Who was Columbus? Why is he relevant?
Show Notes

Christopher Columbus was an Italian explorer, navigator, and colonizer.

  • Why was colonization of the Americas relatively easy? What factors were there?
Show Notes

Many reasons contributed to this. European disease ravaged the natives, Europeans had superior weapons and horses and in many cases, the native populations were not united: the Aztecs of present-day Mexico were so despised that their victims united under the Spanish to defeat them!

  • What is a celestial sphere?
Show Notes

Is an imaginary sphere of which the observer is the centre and on which all celestial objects are considered to lie.