Process

 

Let's Set Sail!

Since each crew is following a specific explorer, you will need to acquaint yourself with your explorer and his life. Even though each crew is following a different explorer, you all need to understand the reasons for exploration during this time period, a little bit about the world, and sailing.  Please follow this link to learn about these basics.  Then, get with your crew and talk about the journey you are about to embark on!

European Exploration of the New World

You also need to complete enough file folder tasks to total 30 points to become a swabbie on the crew. Keep earning those points and you could work your way up to Captain of your vessel!

Step 1: Exploration

Now that you know why most explorers set sail, you need to learn all about the explorer you are following in order to be a productive member of his crew! Each crew will complete the following:

Basic Explorer Sites

Age of Discovery

European Exploration 

The Early Explorers 

Explorers 

Explorers A to Z 

The Mariner's Museum 

Interactive Map of Exploration 

Explorers-Enchanted Learning 

Famous Explorer's Biographies 

Famous Explorers 

All Explorers Mariner's Museum 

Leif Erikson

Journal on Leif Erikson 

Erikson 

First to Discover America

Early Explorers 

Erikson Bio 

Vasco de Gama

Vasco de Gama

Vasco de Gama Facts 

Vasco de Gama Journals 

Vasco de Gama Bio

De Gama  

Christopher Columbus 

Christopher Columbus-BBC 

Columbus 

Columbus

Christopher Columbus

Columbus Bio

Francisco Coronado

Coronado 

Coronado's Life

Coronado Bio

Coronado Brittannica 

Coronado PBS 

Step 2: Ship's Journal

In your ship's journal you will record what is happening during your voyage.  Each crew member will have a weekly journal entry, based on your ship's fate for the week.  Although the journal is fictional, you should include important events gathered from your research in your entries.  You should also be sure to include your thoughts, feelings, struggles, and successes as a member of the ship's crew Here are some things to think about when you are writing your journal entries:

Step 3: Group Project

Now that you know everything about your explorer, it's time to create your group project!  Your crew needs to work together to decide on a presentation, talk together about your Google Doc notes, and begin work.  Your choices for group project and their requirements are listed below.  Additional crew points will be awarded for cooperative crews!  

 News Report

  • Must address the who, what, where, when, why, and how of the explorer
  • Report should include 12 additional pieces of information or facts about the explorer.
  • Script should be turned in prior to the presentation.
  • All members must participate in the creation of the project and the presentation.

Power Point

  • At least 10 informational slides addressing the who, what, where, when, why, and how of the explorer.
  • Slides should include 12 additional facts or pieces of information about the explorer.
  • Title slide with crew member's names.
  • Each slide should have a written element and a graphic.
  • All members must participate in the creation of the project and the presentation.


Video/Commercial

  • Must address the who, what, where, when, why and how of the explorer.
  • Covers 12 important pieces of information or facts about the explorer.
  • Written plan or story should be turned in prior to the presentation.
  • All members must participate in the creation of the project and the presentation.

 

Step 4: Individual Account Project

You have reached your destination!  Congratulations!  Your explorer has accomplished great things and made a name for your crew in history!  Your final job is to tell your tale for the world to know.  Choose one of the individual projects listed below to show your expertise about your explorer and to share the exciting, daring, and important voyage you've just lived through.
 

Brochure/Pamphlet

  • In three-fold format; front fold has the title and picture.
  • Must have both pictures and written text.
  • Information should be in paragraph form with at least 12 pieces of important information about your explorer.

Game

  • At least 4 thematic game pieces
  • At least 25 colored/thematic squares on the board
  • At least 20 question/activity cards
  • Include a title on the board
  • Include a set of rules for play

Poster

  • Should be the size of a standard poster board
  • Includes at least 12 pieces of important information about your explorer.
  • Include a title
  • Must have both pictures and written information

Newspaper Article

  • Must follow standard newspaper format with a title and informational article.
  • Must include picture with caption that supports article.
  • At least 5 paragraphs in length, with at least 12 important pieces of information about your explorer.

Song or Rap

  • Lyrics must be about your explorer, including 12 important pieces of information.
  • Words/sentences must make sense.
  • Should be at least 2 minutes long.
  • Written lyrics must be turned in before possible performance of song.