Grade Levels: 3 - 5Objectives
- Students will use vocabulary related
- Students will understand some of the
reasons why people explore new lands.
- Students will recognize the similarities between early and modern-day explorers.
- Exploring Explorers worksheet
- Why Do People Explore website (http://library.thinkquest.org/C001692/
- Introduce key vocabulary: expeditions, heathens, hermits, inhabitants, myrrh, trade.
- Have students work individually or with partners to complete the Exploring Explorers worksheet as they visit the Why Do People Explore website.
- Set up a time when students can share the information they discovered.
Use the checklist to assess students' ability to take notes and understand why people strive to explore unknown places. Assign a point value to each item.
- Choose from a large collection of cross-curricular activities for all grade levels.
- Explore outstanding lessons and activities on Explorers.
- Have students visit How to Use a Compass (http://www.uio.no/~kjetikj/compass/lesson1.html) to learn how a compass works to point someone (like an explorer) in the right direction.
- Organize a treasure hunt on school grounds with clues that require the use of a compass and map.
National Social Studies Standards
Students develop an understanding of:
- their historical roots and are able to locate themselves in time.
- how reading about and reconstructing the past allows them to develop historical perspective.
- places and regions, and interactions of environment and society.
- the factors that contribute to who they are; to what they think, feel, and believe; to what they decide and do; and to how they perceive themselves and the world.
National Educational Technology Standards
- practice responsible use of technology systems, information, and software.
- use technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity.
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