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have always been explorers. Explorers are people
who travel to or investigate unknown places. In
traveling, they make or follow a route, path, or
trail. Prehistoric men and women who ventured out
across the continents were among the first
- Harder - Explorers
are usually thought of as people who purposely
visit and study an unknown geographic area.
- The golden age of exploration began in the
fifteenth century as sailors from Europe ventured
out and explored the world, locating routes across
its oceans and continents and defining the earth's
physical shape, size, and positions.
- Today however, explorers are persons who
systematically search, examine, and investigate for
the purpose of discovering unknowns in all aspects
of our universe; making new discoveries and
expanding frontiers in science, medicine,
technology, and our environment.
of Exploration at The Mariner's
- Learn about the 'Age of Exploration' from
ancient Egyptians and Phoenicians to the voyages of
- Webpage at the Site:
- 2) Biographies of Explorers and Associated
- Related Websites:
- 3) European Explorers Resources on the World
Wide Web from Gander Academy
- 4) European Voyages of Exploration: The
Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries from the
- University of Calgary http://www.ucalgary.ca/applied_history/tutor/eurvoya/
- Here are links to all kinds of information
found on the web about voyages of discovery and
- Section Within Discoverers Web:
- 2) Exploration is Risky Business http://www.win.tue.nl/~engels/discovery/death.html
of the World
- The website provides a wide range of
biographies of explorers of the seas, land, sky,
arts, and ideas.
- Related Webpages:
- 2) Explorers of the Land http://www.bham.wednet.edu/land.htm
- 3) Explorers on the Web at
- 4) Zoom Explorers at Enchanted Learning
Can You Identify Them?
- Slide show includes facts about the lives of
more than two dozen explorers.
- Using the websites, complete an
explorer activity or project:
- Select Your Top Ten. After
becoming familiar with the exploits and
adventures of various explorers at sites
of the Millennium, the Discoverers
of the World, or The
Age of Exploration, create your
personal 'top ten' list of explorers.
Explain why you selected each.
- Compare / Contrast Explorers &
Explorations. Select two different
continents (North or South America,
Africa, Antarctica, Australia, Asia) and
compare and contrast the explorers and
explorations of each.
- Identify Explorer Traits. After
studying different explorers, make a list
of 10 attributes that you believe are
needed to be an explorer. After
completion, compare your list to those at
- Imagine A Future Frontier.
Speculate on the 'new frontiers' available
to future explorers. Select one (space,
the oceans, the human body, etc.) and
build a persuasive argument as to why
effort and monies should be allocated for
its further exploration.
- Create A Poster. Select a
favorite explorer and create a poster
illustrating their discovery, mode of
transportation, and costume/dress.
- Complete An Explorers WebQuest.
Follow or adapt the procedures found at
one of the following webQuest
- 1) Columbus Truth or Fiction (Grade
- 2) Explorers (Grade 4-6) http://osf1.gmu.edu/~khayden/Explorers2.htm
- 3) How Big are your Feet? Follow the
footsteps of famous explorers.
- 4) Explorers/Exploration (Grade
- 5) Explore With Columbus (Grade 4-6)
- 6) Explorer Project: Spice Up Your
- 7) Impact of Exploration: What did the
discoveries mean? http://wwwbir.bham.wednet.edu/class/hinshaw/EXPLORE/IMPACT.HTM
- 8) Life in the Age of Exploration and
Discovery (Grade 4-5) http://wwwbir.bham.wednet.edu/class/hinshaw/EXPLORE/Life.htm
- 9) Navigating New Worlds: Explorers on
the Web by K. Slezak
- 10) The Spice of Life (Grade 4-5)
- Websites By Kids For Kids
Voyages: Uncovering the World (2000
- The thought of voyaging through the vast
expanse of the world and beyond has been mankind's
ongoing vision since the very beginning of history
itself. This project centers around the explorers
and examines their journeys.
of the Millennium (1998 ThinkQuest
- Here you can find information and biographies
of the greatest explorers of the past 1000 years.
Hall of Fame
- This is a social studies explorer project.
in the Artic Within 'The poles: Just Two
Pieces of Ice?'
- (1999 ThinkQuest Project)
- In the 19th century, more people became
interested in the poles. They were interested in an
alternative route to India in the north, and seas
full of seals in the south.
of Columbus, Cortez, De Soto, Drake, Jolliet, and
- (1999 ThinkQuest Junior Project)
- Learn how these explorers became famous and
what they discovered to gain their fame.
(2000 ThinkQuest Junior Project)
- Here you find information on Cortez, Columbus,
Ericson, Magellan, and Drake.
of Exploration (2000 ThinkQuest Junior
- There was a time when people didn't know about
traveling the seas. They thought there were sea
monsters, and terrible things might happen to you.
This site tells about famous explorers, sea myths,
trade, pirates, and navigation tools.
Our Explorer Reports (Grade 5)
- Here you find student reports on several
On The World! European Explorers (1999
ThinkQuest Junior Project)
- Here you find information about the explorers,
activities, and resources.
of Exploration: Discovering New
- (Platinum Award, 2000 ThinkQuest Internet
- This site follows in the footsteps of some of
the world's greatest explorers, reliving their
adventurous expeditions into the unknown.
Explored the World? (2001 ThinkQuest
- This site is about a few of the famous
explorers: Hernando De Soto, Henry Hudson, John
Cabot, Francis Drake, Francisco Pizarro, Ponce De
Leon, Christopher Columbus, and Ferdinand
Goes There: European Exploration of the New
- (2000 ThinkQuest Junior Project)
- Why did Europeans explore during the Age of
Exploration in the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries?
Hear their stories through interviews,
autobiographies, biographies, and journals.
- Explorers of the
History Sources for Students: Early
- This is another extensive links site for
- Learn about the Spanish Conquistadors in the
New World and the legacy of their contact with
Native Americans. The site includes: Cortes,
Pizarro, Orellana, and Cabeza de Vaca.
- Related Website:
- 2) Letters on Spanish Texas from Armadillo
and Exploration from the Library of
- This site documents the discovery and
exploration with both manuscripts and published
and Settlers of North America
- This text-based site contains brief biographies
of several explorers.
Explorers Resources at Gander
- This links-site connects to information on
- Related Website:
- 2) European Voyages of Exploration from the
University of Calgary
of Canada from About.com
- Exploration by Europeans was carried out first
by ship and later by canoe and on foot with the
assistance of Native guides.
Exploration and Conquest of Native America
by D.E. Sheppard
- Here is the story of the arrival of the first
explorers to America; links to each explorer with
Trove of North American Exploration from
the National Library of Canada
- Here you find accounts of European voyages and
explorations to North America, from Columbus's
Atlantic crossing in 1492 to the famous trip
through the Northwest Passage by Roald Amundsen in
- Several More Explorers
Theme Page from the Open Learning
- This page has links to two types of resources
related to the study of explorers: curricular
resources (information, content...) and
instructional materials (lesson plans).
Territory: Stanley and Livingstone at
- View a magic lantern show about the famous
explorers of Africa.
- Learn about explorers of Australia, their
lives, and their experiences.
- Similar Websites:
- Find information about the expeditions of
Ernest Shackleton, Tom Crean, and other Antarctic
explorers from Ireland.
- Related Websites:
- 2) Antarctic Explorers http://www.south-pole.com/p0000017.htm
- 3) Virtual Antarctica http://www.terraquest.com/antarctica/index.html
- This site provides a good overview of Norwegian
explorers and what they discovered.
- Websites For Teachers
a Box Compass
- Two types of compasses are included in this
activity. The box compass is more complicated and
requires more materials than the water compass. A
water compass can easily be made during a class
Lesson Plan by B. Martin
- Here is a traditional lesson plan on
- Similar Website:
- 2) Explorer Lesson http://www.ed.sc.edu/caw/lessons/explorers.html
Explorers! Research Your Own Explorer
- During the next few lessons, students will be
learning a little about many different explorers.
- Travel back in time to be an explorer who
discovers the American land.
Would You Take to Sea
- Here is a brief lesson plan for having students
identify the basic human needs for survival and
summarize the hazards facing sailors hundreds of
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