WEB SITES ON EXPLORERS AND

THE AGE OF EXPLORATION

FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS

Access these sites through your computer’s Internet connection. Open the underlined address (URL). Information can be printed or downloaded to your computer. Be sure to follow links to other sites and find your way back with the "Back" button. Also, we indicate where we found broken links in webquests. You will need to supply your own links.

All of the sites listed were active as of October 5, 2005. The evaluation is by the AVA Center staff according to the amount of information given, the general appearance of the site and its potential use in the classroom.

                           WEBSITES       LESSON PLANS & CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES       WEBQUESTS

1492: AN ONGOING VOYAGE
http://www.ibiblio.org/expo/1492.exhibit/Intro.html
An online Library of Congress exhibit with six sections: What Came to Be Called "America"; The Mediterranean World; Christopher Columbus: Man and Myth; Inventing America; Europe Claims America; and Epilogue. Excellent

AMERICAN JOURNEYS: EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS OF EARLY AMERICAN EXPLORATION                 NEW!
http://www.americanjourneys.org/

"American Journeys contains more than 18,000 pages of eyewitness accounts of North American exploration, from the sagas of Vikings in Canada in AD1000 to the diaries of mountain men in the Rockies 800 years later.
Read the words of explorers, Indians, missionaries, traders and settlers as they lived through the founding moments of American history. View, search, print, or download more than 150 rare books, original manuscripts, and classic travel narratives from the library and archives of the Wisconsin Historical Society.
To get started, simply select an activity on the toolbar above."
Outstanding. Excellent

THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY – CONGO EXPEDITION – MAY 1909 TO NOVEMBER 1915
http://diglib1.amnh.org/
A detailed multimedia account of the Congo Expedition from 1909 to 1915 in Africa. Includes photographs, field notebooks, the indigenous people of the region, maps and much more. Excellent

THE CONQUISTADORS – START THE ADVENTURE
http://www.pbs.org/opb/conquistadors/home.htm
An Online Learning Adventure on the Conquistadors for 6-12 grades. Sections: Timeline of Conquest (choose Events Timeline or Disease Timeline), Michael’s Journal (journal of producer of series who followed the trail of the Conquistadors), What Do You Think? (message forum-can read but not post), and Teacher’s Guide. Excellent

DISCOVERERS WEB                         START HERE!
http://www.win.tue.nl/cs/fm/engels/discovery/index.html
Links to a massive amount of information on explorers from the Ancient World to the 20th century and from North America to Antarctica to the Pacific islands. Includes maps, illustrations, photos, and more. Note that not all sites are in English. (I found no dead links from a sample of 20) Some of the links are to student papers. Excellent

DISCOVERING LEWIS AND CLARK
http://www.lewis-clark.org/
Focuses on Persistent Issues, Core Values and Changing Visions. An enormous site with 1,400 pages including a 19-part synopsis of the expedition by historian Harry Fritz including selections from the journals, photographs, maps, animated graphics, moving pictures and sound files. Outstanding. Excellent

DISCOVERY AND EXPLORATION                     NEW!
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/gmdhtml/dsxphome.html
An American Memory collection of maps and illustrations documenting the discovery and exploration of the continents and their interiors from the 15th to the 19th centuries. See the List or use the Gallery View for thumbnails of the maps. Good

EDUCATION WORLD – THE GREAT EXPLORERS!
http://www.education-world.com/a_special/millenium_02.shtml
Education World’s look at the Great Explorers of the Millennium. Sections: Lessons of the Explorers, Exploring the World-Virtually, A New Twist on Explorers, and Great Sites for Teaching About Explorers. Excellent - See also the Lesson Plans section

EMPIRE OF THE BAY
http://www.pbs.org/empireofthebay/
Companion web site for the PBS program Empire of the Bay about the bold explorers of the Hudson Bay Company who "tamed a wilderness" as they set up merchant routes. Includes:
Empire of the Bay Transcript; Maps – Paths of the Explorers; Forum – Ask the Experts; Profiles- Who Were the Pathfinders?; Quiz – Test Your Knowledge; and a Timeline. Excellent

EXPLORERS – 42EXPLORE                             NEW URL!
http://www.42explore2.com/explorers.htm
A gateway site on explorers with links to web sites on explorers, activities, web quests and sites by kids for kids. Excellent

EXPLORERS
http://edtech.kennesaw.edu/web/explorer.html
A gateway site with links to explorers and expeditions, lesson plans, activities, and more. Excellent

EXPLORERS OF THE MILLENNIUM                         NEW!
http://library.thinkquest.org/4034/
A student-created site for upper elementary and junior high students on explorers. Sections: Hall of Fame, Timeline, Nominations, Explorer Quiz, and Explorer Links. Excellent

FILL UP THE CANVAS: RIVERS OF WORDS – EXPLORING WITH LEWIS & CLARK             NEW!
http://memory.loc.gov/learn/features/lewisandclark/index.html
An outstanding site on the Lewis & Clark Expedition with Flash. Click on each step of the journey to view original documents, illustrations, etc. Excellent

GOD, GLORY AND GOLD - THE ROOTS OF EXPLORATION                     NEW!
http://library.thinkquest.org/J002760/
A site for elementary students by students on why men explored the world. Sections: Pirates, Shipwrecks, Explorers, Myths, Navigation, Trade, Poetry, and Games. Excellent

HENRY HUDSON – 17TH CENTURY EXPLORER           
http://www.ianchadwick.com/hudson/
A detailed collection of information on English explorer and mariner Henry Hudson. Sections: Early Years, First Voyage 1607, Second Voyage 1608, Third Voyage 1609, Fourth Voyage 1610, Aftermath, Family Tree, Short Story, and links. Excellent

HISTORY MYSTERY – EXPLORATION GAMES                     NEW!
http://teacher.scholastic.com/histmyst/index.asp
Three games for students, two on explorers and one on the Vikings. Excellent

THE JAMESTOWN ONLINE ADVENTURE                 NEW!
http://www.historyglobe.com/jamestown/

"In 1606, some 105 adventurers set off from England to try and establish the first permanent English colony in the New World. They settled in what is now the state of Virginia and called their colony first James Fort, and then James Towne, in honor of James I, the King of England. The early years of the colony were nearly a total disaster. Almost half of the settlers died due to poor choices in settlement location, management of resources, and quarrels with the indigenous Powhatan Indians.
You are the Captain of the Jamestown Colony: Can you do any better than the real colonists? You will have a copy of the London Company's Instructions to help guide you. Also, you can ask your fellow colonists and the Native Americans for advice. Be careful, though, because some advice is better than others!"
A fun online game for elementary and middle school students. Excellent

KIDS ONLINE RESOURCES
http://www.kidsolr.com/history/page2.html
Extensive list of links on explorers. Sections: Explorers, Vikings, The English and Conquistadors. Excellent

LEWIS & CLARK – 42EXPLORE                         NEW!
http://www.42explore2.com/lewisclark.htm
Basic information for students on the Lewis & Clark expedition with links, games, webquests and more. Excellent

LEWIS & CLARK – THE JOURNEY OF THE CORPS OF DISCOVERY                 NEW!
http://www.pbs.org/lewisandclark/
A PBS companion site to the Ken Burns film on Lewis & Clark. Sections: Inside the Corps, Native Americans, The Archive, Into the Unknown, Interactive Trail Map, Classroom Resources, Living History and more. The Classroom Resources section includes Lesson Plans. Excellent

LEWIS & CLARK MEGASITE                 NEW!
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/lewisandclark/
A portal site on the Lewis & Clark Expedition from the National Geographic. Includes an Interactive Journey Log, Expedition Records and More, a movie clip, Photo Gallery and much more. Excellent

SECRETS OF THE ICE: AN ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION                 NEW!
http://www.secretsoftheice.org/

"Between 1999 - 2002, scientists from 19 countries have been traversing Antarctica, collecting ice cores and gathering data that will describe climate and environmental change over the past 200 years. They have traveled by Tucker Sno-Cats, snowmobiles and Caterpillar tractors, living in tents and small trailers and dealing first hand with some of the most extreme weather conditions on the planet. More expeditions are planned for the next three years."
Sections: Explore Antarctica, Ice Core Research, Scientific Expedition, Expedition Headquarters, and Learning Resources. Excellent

SPANISH EXPLORATION AND CONQUEST OF NATIVE AMERICA
http://www.vaca.com/index.html
Details the exploration and conquest of Native America by De Soto, DeVaca, and Coronado by following the trails their explorations took. Includes a PDF format book detailing the conquest of Native America. Includes maps, illustrations, and more. Excellent

THE TRAVELS OF IBN BATTUTA – A VIRTUAL TOUR WITH THE 14TH CENTURY TRAVELER
http://www.sfusd.edu/schwww/sch618/Ibn_Battuta/Ibn_Battuta_Rihla.html
An account of the travels of the little-known 14th century explorer Ibn Battuta. Includes photos, illustrations, and maps. Each section includes links to additional information. Outstanding. Excellent

VIKING EXPLORATION AND SETTLEMENT
http://www.cdli.ca/CITE/vikingexplor.htm
Long before Columbus, Viking explorers landed and established settlements in Greenland and Vinland (North America). Sections: Timeline of Viking Events in Greenland, Viking Expansion, Leifur Eiriksson’s Heritage of Discovery, Did 14th Century Scandinavians Visit Midwestern North America?, Viking Explorers, Icelanders Discover Greenland and Iceland, and Map Showing Viking Exploration Routes in Europe. Excellent

VIRTUAL MUSEUM OF NEW FRANCE – THE EXPLORERS                 NEW URL!
http://www.civilization.ca/vmnf/explor/explcd_e.html
A virtual museum of New France in Canada, the French colony in the 16th and 17th centuries. Includes links to French explorers of the "new" world. A New France ABC includes photos of objects used by the colonists in daily life, their use and the context in which they were used. Also includes a Photographic Exploration of Canada with Malak which includes a large number of photos of the areas the French colonized. Follow the quick links for a lot more information. Excellent

VOYAGE OF DOOM
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/lasalle/
Companion site to the Nova program " Voyage of Doom" which chronicles the discovery and excavation of French explorer Robert Cavalier Sieur de La Salle’s ship, the Belle, which sank off the coast of Texas in 1688. The ship was discovered at the bottom of the bay and excavated. Sections: Stories in the Timber, Explore the Shipwreck, Who Owns Lost Ships?, Buoyancy Brainteasers and Teacher’s Guide, Resources, Transcript and more. Excellent

VOYAGE OF EXPLORATION – DISCOVERING NEW HORIZONS – A THINKQUEST SITE             NEW URL!
http://library.thinkquest.org/C001692/
A Thinkquest site on exploration. Sections: Home World, Great Explorers (with a quiz for each), Expeditions (with quizzes), Navigation (how they did it), New Horizons (the future), Why Explore? (why they did it) and Teacher World (score tracking and activities). Excellent

ZOOM EXPLORERS
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/explorers/
Web site for elementary students on explorers. Search alphabetically, by region, or by century. Gives a brief description of the explorer and his expedition. Includes maps showing some of their routes and illustrations where portraits are available. Excellent

                                                                                       

CAPTAIN COOK – VOYAGES OF DISCOVERY
http://www.hunterian.gla.ac.uk/museum/cook/cook.html
Three interactive maps show Cook’s voyages of discovery. Click on the darkened areas to see artifacts Cook collected from that region. Very Good

CHRISTOPHER’S CROSSING – GAME                     NEW!
http://edweb.sdsu.edu/courses/edtec670/Cardboard/Board/C/Columbus.html
A game for upper elementary students on Columbus. "Third, fourth, and fifth grade students will be able to use Christopher's Crossing. The teacher will supply the initial instruction about Christopher Columbus. Through role-play and readings from their social studies book, students will learn about Columbus. They will discover his interest in a short, easy way to the Indies, his struggle to get funding, his first voyage across the Atlantic in search of gold, and his reactions to the Indians. The game will reinforce their newly acquired knowledge in a realistic setting. Students can play the game as often as they wish. The structure allows for unlimited play possibilities." Very Good

ENDEAVOUR
http://www.barkendeavour.com.au/
James Cook’s bark Endeavor has been re-created and sails out of Australia. It is a three-masted collier bark and has been re-created with great attention to authenticity. It has already carried out a voyage around the world. The site has details of the voyages, photos, captain and crew reports, and much more. Very Good

EUROPEAN EXPLORERS ELEMENTARY THEME PAGE
http://www.cdli.ca/CITE/explorer.htm
Information on European explorers arranged by country. Includes links to European explorers in the "New World" and in New France. Very Good

THE EXPLORATION AGE                     NEW!
http://www.geocities.com/rdl_wcw_wwf_fan/TOE.html
A site for students on the Age of Exploration. Includes pictures, essays, general information, biographies and more. Very Good

EXPLORERS CROSSWORD PUZZLE           NEW!

FAMOUS EXPLORERS AND RESOURCES ABOUT COLUMBUS                         NEW!
http://www.suelebeau.com/explorers.htm
A page of links suitable for students about explorers and Columbus. Very Good

THE FATE OF FRANKLIN – (SIR JOHN FRANKLIN’S ARCTIC EXPEDITION)             NEW!
http://www.ric.edu/rpotter/SJFranklin.html
Information on the explorations of Sir John Franklin, the searches for the lost ships and more. A very extensive site.
"The disappearance of Sir John Franklin and his crew in what is now the Canadian Arctic set off one of the greatest rescue operations in the history of exploration. Franklin's 2 ships had sailed from England on 19 May 1845 and were last sighted in late July heading for Lancaster Sound. A 3-way search was organized in 1848, with Sir James Clark Ross proceeding through Lancaster Sound, Captain Henry Kellet via Bering Strait, and John Rae and Sir John Richardson trekking overland from the Mackenzie River." http://tceplus.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&ArticleId=A0003031 Sections: Franklin in the Public Eye 1818-1859, The Arctic in Popular Culture, The Frozen Zone, Searching for Franklin (modern searches 1997-2004), Sir John Franklin Links and the Arctic Book Review. Very Good

FORBIDDEN TERRITORY: STANLEY AND LIVINGSTONE
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/features/97/lantern/
A magic lantern show on the explorations of Stanley and Livingstone in Central Africa. Very Good

GO WEST ACROSS AMERICA WITH LEWIS & CLARK – ONLINE GAME                         NEW!
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/features/97/west/
A fun online game in which students travel with the expedition and help them with decision-making. Very Good

THE HALL OF SCIENCE AND EXPLORATION
 
http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/halls/sci
Interviews with 20th century scientists and explorers. Explorers include: Robert D. Ballard, Sylvia Earle, Sir Edmund Hillary and Donna Shirley. Very Good

MATTHEW A. HENSON MEMORIAL WEB SITE
 
http://www.matthewhenson.com/
Information on this African-American who co-discovered the North Pole with Peary in 1909. Includes: Peary’s Diary Published on the Internet, Henson Literature (free literature to be downloaded on and by Henson), a Henson exhibit, a student presentation, a Lowell Thomas 1939 interview with Henson, audio recording of Peary. (Note: This site addresses the controversy in which some claimed that Henson did not co-discover the North Pole. Some strong opinions are expressed.) Very Good

OPERATION PHIPS – ARCHEOLOGICAL RESCUE
http://www.mcc.gouv.qc.ca/pamu/champs/archeo/epaphips/wreck01.htm
An account of the excavation of the Anse aux Bouleaux, a ship from the fleet of Sir William Phips, which was sunk 1690 in the estuary of the St. Lawrence River. This was part of the fleet that was sent to attack Quebec in the war between France and Britain at the end of the 17th century. Includes photos of the excavation, artifacts and history. Very Good

RACE TO THE END OF THE EARTH                         NEW!
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/ngkids/0002/race_to_end/index.html
A National Geographic Kids feature on the race between Amundsen and Scott to reach the South Pole. Appropriate for grades 4-6. Very Good

REFERENCE RESOURCES: FAMOUS EXPLORERS                         NEW!
http://www.kidinfo.com/American_History/Explorers.html
A huge site with links to a large number of websites on famous explorers. Very Good

VIRTUAL EXPLORATION SOCIETY                 NEW!
http://www.unmuseum.mus.pa.us/ves.htm
Eleven brief essays on explorers and their explorations. Includes: Louis Bleriot, Amelia Earhart, Roy Chapman Andrews, Matthew Henson and more. Appropriate for upper elementary students and up. Very Good

YOU WOULDN’T WANT TO BE A POLAR EXPLORER – WEB BOOK                 NEW!
http://www.salariya.com/web_books/explorer/index.html

"An Expedition You Wouldn’t Want to Go On - Get ready...as a brave young sailor looking for adventure, you are about to join Ernest Shackleton’s expedition to icy Antarctica as a polar explorer. I T' S F R E E Z I N G ! To use this Web Book place your cursor over the images to see the comments as you explore the Antarctic. Click on Next and Previous to navigate through the sections, or use the list of contents on the left. Based on the book You Wouldn't Want to Be a Polar Explorer!"
A fun illustrated book about Shackleton’s expedition to Antarctica. Aimed at elementary/middle school students. Run your cursor over the illustrations for comments. Follow the chapters through the list at left. Very Good

ZOOM INTO MAPS                     NEW!
http://memory.loc.gov/learn/features/maps/exploration.html
Early maps of the western hemisphere. Very Good

                                                                                       

THE AGE OF DISCOVERY – 1340-1600
 
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/historical/shepherd/explorer_map_shepherd.jpg
A detailed map showing the voyages of English, French, Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese explorers. Slow to load but worth a look. Good

ANTARCTIC EXPLORERS                             NEW!
http://www.south-pole.com/homepage.html
Click on the History tab and then Explorers for a list of Antarctic explorers and information on their explorations in Antarctica. Good

AUSTRALIAN EXPLORERS
http://www.davidreilly.com/australian_explorers/
Information for elementary students on Australian explorers. Until the 18th century Australia was almost completely unknown to the Europeans and these explorers opened the continent to European settlement. Good

CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS: A CULINARY HISTORY
http://www.castellobanfi.com/features/story_3.html
An article from Castello Banfi vineyard about the provisions about Columbus’ voyages and foods they found in the "new" world. Good

CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS CROSSWORD PUZZLE                 NEW!
http://www.aves.ednet.ns.ca/gr/columbus.htm
A brief crossword puzzle suitable for upper elementary students. Good

CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS LINKS                     NEW!
http://www2.lhric.org/pocantico/columbus.htm
Links to sites on Columbus for students. Good

THE COLUMBUS NAVIGATION HOMEPAGE                     NEW!
http://www1.minn.net/~keithp/index.htm
Explores the navigation methods used by Columbus, plus a history of his voyages, a timeline, and more. Geared toward upper elementary, middle school students. Better than it looks at first. Good

COLUMBUS REPORTS ON DISCOVERIES OF ISLAND OF INDIA – LIBRARY OF CONGRESS EXHIBIT                 NEW!
http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/treasures/trt038.html
An exhibit of the report of Columbus of his "discovery" of India in 1493. View a copy of the document and its English translation. Good

COOK’S FIRST VOYAGE – 1768-1771                 NEW!
http://www.muffley.net/pacific/cook/cook1.htm
An examination of the reasons for Cook’s voyage and the places he visited. Good

CYBERHUNT – AHOY COLUMBUS!                         NEW!
http://teacher.scholastic.com/products/columbus.htm
Seven questions with links to find the answers. For elementary students. Good

THE DEATH OF MAGELLAN 1521
http://www.ibiscom.com/magellan.htm
A brief account of the death of the explorer and mariner Ferdinand Magellan in a battle with natives on an island in the Philippines. An eyewitness account was written by a passenger. Good

THE EUROPEAN VOYAGES OF EXPLORATION 1415-1650                 NEW URL!
http://www.thenagain.info/WebChron//WestEurope/Voyages.Chron.html
A timeline of European voyages of exploration with links to short articles on some of the expeditions. Good

EXPLORATION – HOT TOPIC LIST                 NEW!
http://cte.jhu.edu/techacademy/web/2000/slezak/exhotlist.html
A topic list with links to sites on explorers. Sections: English Explorers, French Explorers, Portuguese Explorers, Spanish Explorers, Dutch Explorers, Viking Explorers and Additional Resources. Good

EXPLORER POEMS BY STUDENTS
http://www.kathimitchell.com/explpoe.htm
Simple poems by elementary students on various explorers. Use as a basis for students’ own poems. Good

EXPLORERS                     NEW!
http://library.thinkquest.org/J002428F/
A website on explorers for primary students. Includes: Magellan, Cortez, Columbus, Ericson and Drake. Note: The Drake link doesn’t work. Good

EXPLORERS HOTLIST                     NEW!
http://www.clairbournlibrary.org/Explorers%20Hotlist.htm#deSoto
A page of links to sites on explorers. Good

EXPLORERS OF THE WORLD
http://www.bham.wednet.edu/bio/explore.htm
A web site for students on the kind of people who choose a life of exploration. Covers explorers of Land, Sea, Water, and Art. Good

EXPLORING THE CAROLINAS – LIBRARY OF CONGRESS EXHIBIT                     NEW!
http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/treasures/trm069.html

"John White, one of the company sent by Sir Walter Raleigh to establish an English colony on Roanoke Island in 1585, went at least twice to the Carolina coast in the 1580s. There he produced a series of drawings of the everyday life of the Native American populations. Theodor de Bry engraved these scenes from White's renderings. White also compiled this map of the North Carolina coast from Cape Lookout to the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, based on the British explorations of 1585-86, which was subsequently engraved by de Bry and published in 1590."
Good

FLORIDA OF THE CONQUISTADOR                         NEW!
http://www.floridahistory.org/floridians/conquis.htm
A brief history of the Florida explorations of Juan Ponce de Leon, Panfilo de Narvaez, Hernando de Soto, and Tristan de Luna. Good

FRAY JUNIPERO SERRA
http://www.padreserra.org/serra.htm
Chronicles the life of Father Junipero Serra, a Spanish Franciscan friar who explored what was to become California and established missions there. Good

HALL OF EXPLORERS                         NEW!
http://www.columbia.k12.mo.us/tmp/burger/folktale/index.html
A site appropriate for upper elementary students on explorers. Includes a list of links to brief articles about the explorer. Good

LATITUDE- THE ART AND SCIENCE OF 15TH CENTURY NAVIGATION
http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~feegi/
Shows the tremendous importance of the Portuguese advances in navigation that allowed explorers to determine their position with greater accuracy. Good

MARCO POLO AND HIS TRAVELS                         NEW!
http://www.silk-road.com/artl/marcopolo.shtml
A brief account of the journey of Marco Polo in the 13th and 14th centuries. Good

MARCO POLO – ON THE TARTARS – MEDIEVAL SOURCEBOOK                 NEW!
http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/source/mpolo44-46.html

"Of the origin of the kingdom of the Tartars--of the quarter from whence they came--and of their former subjection to Un-khan, a prince of the north, called also Prester John."
Good

MARCO POLO – THE GLORIES OF KINGSAY (HANGCHOW) – MEDIEVAL SOURCEBOOK                 NEW!
http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/source/polo-kinsay.html

"Marco Polo returned to Venice, his hometown, in 1295 after an absence of twenty-five years in the East. He claimed to have spent seventeen years in the service of Kublai Khan, ruler of the Mongols and of the largest empire in the world. He had many stories to tell. These stories were eventually written down by Rustichiello of Pisa, who heard them while sharing a Genoese prison with Polo, sometimes after 1298. Here is the account in the book of Hangchow, called "Kinsay". Although Kublai Khan's capital was in the north, at the city later called Beijing, Hagnchow had served as the capital of the Southern Song dynasty until 1279 and was a major cultural and political center."
Good

MARCO POLO THEME PAGE                 NEW!
http://www.cdli.ca/CITE/expolo.htm
Links for elementary students on Marco Polo. Note: We found a couple of broken links on this page. Good

MONTEREY BAY AREA HISTORY                 NEW URL!
http://www.mchsmuseum.com/historymenu.html
The first section of this site gives a history of the early exploration of the California coast in the Monterey area. Good

PASSAGES: A TREASURE TROVE OF NORTH AMERICAN EXPLORATION                 NEW URL!
http://www.collectionscanada.ca/2/8/index-e.html
Information from the National Library of Canada on exploration in North America. Includes an Introduction, Alphabetical List or Chronological Outline. (Note: Start with Introduction, go back to Home page and then follow either the Alphabetical List or Chronological Outline.) Good

THE PORTUGUESE ROLE IN EXPLORING AND MAPPING THE NEW WORLD                NEW!
http://www.loc.gov/rr/hispanic/portam/role.html
Examines the primary role of Portugal in the exploration of the Americas. Good

SAMUEL DE CHAMPLAIN’S 1607 MAP
http://lcweb.loc.gov/exhibits/treasures/trr009.html
Considered an American Treasure, this is the original map hand-drawn on vellum for presentation to the king of France. It is one of the few maps of the period that was drawn up by de Champlain himself showing his own explorations and calculations. It covers the New England and Canadian coasts. An enlargement increases it to full-screen size. Good

SHIPS OF DISCOVERY
http://www.shipsofdiscovery.org/
Information on how excavation of shipwrecks is contributing to our understanding of the early explorers. Sections: Columbus’ Lost Ships, Artifact Conservation, Shipwreck Excavations Ancient Techniques, Experimental Archeology, Ancient Documents, and Artifact Replicas. Click on Ships at the bottom to show a map of New World Shipwrecks. Good

SOUTH-POLE.COM
http://www.south-pole.com/homepage.html

"Welcome to the home page of South-Pole.com. This site is dedicated to the heroic explorers of our polar regions and the surrounding islands. The tales of these brave souls were often related in expedition mail sent home to anxious loved ones and beneficiaries."
Focusing on the mail sent home from Antarctic expeditions, the site uses excerpts from the explorers. Click on the names of the explorers for in-depth articles about each one. Good

TAKING ON THE WORLD! EUROPEAN EXPLORERS                     NEW!
http://library.thinkquest.org/6174/
Information for elementary students by students on 8 explorers including Columbus, Magellan, Hudson. Includes an Activities section with a puzzle and a quiz and a Resources section with references. Good

WOMEN EXPLORERS                     NEW!
http://www.distinguishedwomen.com/subject/explore.html
Links to information on women explorers. Good

 

LESSON PLANS & CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES

THE AGE OF EXPLORATION ONLINE CURRICULUM GUIDE – THE MARINER’S MUSEUM             NEW URL!
http://www.mariner.org/educationalad/ageofex/index.php
An online curriculum guide to the Age of Exploration from the Ancient World to the 19th century. Each chapter discusses the major explorations. There are timelines, vocabulary and biographies of the great explorers. The activities section for Teachers and Students is extensive. Outstanding. Excellent

COLUMBUS’ VOYAGE TO THE NEW WORLD - CLASSROOM ACTIVITY                 NEW!
http://www.pecentral.org/lessonideas/ViewLesson.asp?ID=1125
A classroom activity for grades 3-5 on Columbus’ voyages. Excellent

DISCOVERY CHANNELS: INVESTIGATING THE LEGACIES OF EXPLORATION AND COLONIZATION – LESSON PLAN         NEW!
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20001009monday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on the legacy of the Age of Exploration. "In this lesson, students explore the issues surrounding the celebration of Columbus Day and investigate the impact and legacy of exploration and colonization through group research. Students synthesize the information they have gathered and create a first person narrative about exploration and colonization." Excellent

THE DISCOVERY OF AMERICA: A PLAY ABOUT EARLY EXPLORERS – CLASSROOM ACTIVITY             NEW!
http://teachers.net/lessons/posts/972.html
A play script for elementary students on early explorers. Excellent

EDUCATION WORLD – THE GREAT EXPLORERS! - LESSON PLANS
http://www.education-world.com/a_special/millenium_02.shtml
Education World’s look at the Great Explorers of the Millennium. Sections: Lessons of the Explorers, Exploring the World-Virtually, A New Twist on Explorers, and Great Sites for Teaching About Explorers. Excellent - See also the Websites section

EXPLORE THE EXPLORERS ONLINE – LESSON PLANNING ARTICLE                 NEW!
http://www.education-world.com/a_lesson/lesson081.shtml
A lesson planning article with suggestions for lesson plans on explorers. Excellent

EXPLORERS – ACTIVITIES AND QUIZZES
http://www.mce.k12tn.net/explorers/explorers_start.htm
Lists explorers or groups of explorers with a brief essay on each. Each has several activities and a quiz. Includes a multiple choice quiz on all the explorers plus Hangman and Challenge games. Excellent

EXPLORER’S EXPERIENCE – LESSON PLAN                 NEW!
http://www.artsedge.kennedy-center.org/content/2365/
A lesson plan for grade 5. "Students will discuss the concept of exploration. They will research a world explorer and prepare maps of the routes traveled. Students will create a papier-mache map to represent the explorer’s journey." Excellent

LEWIS AND CLARK: FACING CHALLENGES, REAL AND IMAGINED – LESSON PLAN                 NEW!
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/06/g35/challenges.html
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 on the obstacles the expedition would have faced. "Before the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Europeans knew little about what lay west of the Mississippi River. The mental maps of expedition members could not prepare them for what lay ahead; nonetheless, they met and overcame numerous challenges in the diverse habitats they encountered. In this lesson, students will consider how they perceive geographic features and obstacles, and how expedition members might have done so. If possible, begin the lesson before your students see the large-format film Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West or explore the Lewis and Clark Web site, and finish it afterward." Excellent

MARCO POLO TAKES A TRIP – LESSON PLAN                 NEW!
http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=451
A lesson plan for grades. "In this lesson, students will learn about the remarkable travels of Marco Polo. They will consult maps to locate Venice and follow the routes Marco took to Beijing and back. They will learn about the challenges of traveling along the Silk Road, discover some interesting facts about China under Mongol rule, and find out how Marco came to produce his famous book. Then they will work in groups to create a large mural/timeline of the life and adventures of this famous traveler." Excellent

ON THE ROAD WITH MARCO POLO – CURRICULUM UNIT                 NEW!
http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=488
A 7-lesson curriculum unit focusing on Marco Polo and his travels for grades 3-5. "In this curriculum unit, students will become Marco Polo adventurers, following his route to and from China in order to learn about the geography, local products, culture, and fascinating sites of those regions. Students will record their "journey" by creating journal entries, postcards, posters, and maps related to the sites they explore. The EDSITEment Marco Polo Journey Map, with its guiding questions, may be used either as a culminating exercise or a method of reviewing previous lessons and introducing new ones." Excellent

ON THIS DAY WITH LEWIS AND CLARK – LESSON UNIT             NEW!
http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=297
A unit of 5 lessons examining the explorations of Lewis and Clark for grades 3-5.
"During much of their journey, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark had no idea what they would encounter next. And, in a sense, that is how everyone lives every day. Even when we think we know what's around the corner, life can throw surprises at us. The story of Lewis and Clark is the universal story of human beings dealing with the unexpected. It's also great entertainment with a compelling cast of characters—an adventure, a road trip, a buddy story. It's about teamwork and failure and success. It brims with history and science.
Looking at historic maps of the West, students can begin to appreciate the immensity and mystery of the mission Lewis and Clark accepted. As "experts" investigating specific subjects assigned to Lewis by President Jefferson, students will conduct careful research. Reading brief diary entries of the men of the Corps will spark the interest of students as they relive the discoveries of the original participants."
Excellent

OTHER WORLDS: THE VOYAGE OF COLUMBUS – LESSON PLAN             NEW!
http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=322
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 on Columbus. "Debate over the legacy of Christopher Columbus has opened new perspectives on the Renaissance world that gave impetus to his first voyage, and has raised awareness of the cultures he and those who followed him encountered in the world across the sea. Through the Internet, students can observe the events of 1492 from this dual vantage-point, exploring the two worlds that made contact when Columbus stepped ashore." Excellent

STORIES THAT GO WITH THE TERRITORY: UNCOVERING THE TALES OF FAMOUS EXPLORERS AND THEIR EXPEDITIONS – LESSON PLAN                 NEW!
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20010828tuesday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 on explorers. "In this lesson, students investigate various expeditions throughout history to new and/or uncharted territories. Students then work in groups to develop and 'produce' television news magazine segments about some of these historic expeditions." Excellent

THE TRAVELS OF IBN BATTUTA – LESSON PLAN
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/10/g35/tgbattuta.html
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 on Islamic explorer Ibn Battuta. "In this lesson, students will work in groups to research the different areas that the 14th century Islamic traveler Ibn Battuta visited. They will review some of the basics of Islam, and create posters illustrating what they have learned about Ibn Battuta. [Note: It would be ideal if students could have studied some of the basics of the Islamic religion before doing this lesson.]" Excellent

USGS RESOURCES FOR TEACHING ABOUT LEWIS & CLARK             NEW!
http://rockyweb.cr.usgs.gov/outreach/lewisclark/lc_usgseducation.html

"The USGS publishes nearly 100,000 different maps, aerial photographs, books, booklets, posters, CDs, digital data, and satellite imagery, many of which are useful for teaching about Lewis and Clark, Native Americans, and the cultural and physical geography of the United States, past and present.   These resources can be used in an inquiry-based setting in a variety of courses and projects at the elementary, secondary, and university levels.  In addition, the USGS hosts Internet-based resources that can be used for teaching about Lewis and Clark.
Descriptions of some of these items and how to use them in education are at left."
Excellent

WANTED: EXPLORERS - CLASS PROJECT                 NEW!
http://www.fcps.k12.va.us/KingsParkES/technology/t4t/explorers/
A webquest for 2nd grade students. "Introduction: Are you looking for adventure?? Do you enjoy exploring the unknown and learning new things? The North American Geographic Society has an opportunity for you. We are recruiting interested parties to explore uncharted territories and interact with the natives. Adventurers will experience wondrous opportunities: ● going on explorations ● bartering for goods ● making maps and learning about new people and lands" This project uses the "THE CASE OF THE MISSING TRUNKS – WEBQUEST" as an integral part of the project. See the Webquests section. Excellent

WEB DE ANZA ONLINE LEARNING COMMUNITY – LESSON PLANS                 NEW!
http://anza.uoregon.edu/teacher.html
"A web site created to be a collegial, teacher centered, resource focusing on meeting teacher needs in applying Web de Anza , a web based study environment designed to promote historical inquiry about Juan Bautista de Anza and his two 18th century expeditions from northern Mexico to Northern California"
Take time to explore this site which contains several linked lesson plans. Excellent

WHAT WAS COLUMBUS THINKING? – LESSON PLAN                     NEW!
http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=257
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 on Columbus. "Most students recognize the name Christopher Columbus. They may be aware that his voyages ushered in the first period of sustained contact between Europeans and the Americas and its people. They may not know, however, why Columbus traveled to the New World or what happened to the native people he encountered.
In this lesson, students read excerpts from Columbus's letters and journals, as well as recent considerations of his achievements. Students reflect on the motivations behind Columbus's explorations, his reactions to what he found and the consequences, intended and unintended, of his endeavor."
Excellent

WHICH WAY DID THEY GO? – LESSON PLAN                 NEW!
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/17/g68/whichway.html
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on explorers.
"Throughout history, explorers have searched for the quickest, easiest, and most lucrative routes between two locations. In what is now the U.S. state of Arizona, Spanish explorers sought the "Seven Cities of Cibola," American explorers sought the best stagecoach and railroad routes, and Mormons sought new locations for settlement in the White Mountains. This lesson will delve into how Arizona topography has influenced exploration.
[Note: A similar lesson detailing the exploration of your own state or country would be a useful complement in a history class and introduce a new way for your students to see the region. Research and good topographic maps of the location are necessary for maximum effect.]"
Excellent

                                                                                       

A CLOSER LOOK AT COLUMBUS – LESSON PLAN                 NEW!
http://www.peacecorps.gov/wws/guides/honduras/honcolumbus.html
A lesson plan for grades 10-12 on Columbus. Very Good

COMING TO THE AMERICAS – LESSON PLAN
http://www.hunterian.gla.ac.uk/museum/cook/cook.html
A project for 6th grade students in which student take on the role of early explorers as they search for a route to Asia. Students must create a map of their voyage, a drawing of their ship and quotations from the explorer. Very Good

CONQUISTADORS: FRANCISCO PIZARRO –LESSON PLAN                 NEW!
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/pizarro/
A lesson plan on Pizarro for grades 9-12.
"Students will    ● determine the reasons for Francisco Pizarro's success in vanquishing the Incas; and ●write a paper explaining their conclusions." Very Good

CONQUISTADORS: HERNÁN CORTÉS – LESSON PLAN                 NEW!
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/cortes/
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 on Cortés. Very Good

CONTACT: EUROPE AND AMERICA MEET – 1492-1673 – LESSON PLANS UNIT                NEW!
http://www.eduref.org/cgi-bin/printlessons.cgi/Virtual/Lessons/crossroads/sec3/k2/unit2/unit2_k2_head.html
A unit of lesson plans for grades K-2 on the explorations of Columbus and the effect they had both on the Europeans and the Native American population. Very Good

CULTURE CLASH: NEW WORLD MEETS OLD – LESSON PLAN                 NEW!
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/cultureclash/
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on Columbus.
"Students will   

· Demonstrate understanding of basic facts about Christopher Columbus and different theories regarding his background.

· Discuss the different experts and resources involved in trying to solve the mystery of Columbus' background.

· Write their own opinion about Columbus' background, focusing on three pieces of evidence." Very Good

 

OCTOBER THEME – EXPLORERS                     NEW!
http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/october/explorers.html
A collection of activities and links on explorers suitable for elementary students on up. Very Good

                                                                       

EUROPEAN EXPLORER POEM – LESSON PLAN                     NEW!
http://www.lessonplanspage.com/SSArtLAEuropeanExplorerPoem4.htm
A lesson plan for 4th grade students in which students describe a European explorer in a poem. Good

                                                                                   

WEBQUESTS


ADVENTURE INTO THE UNKNOWN: A WEBQUEST ON THE LEWIS AND CLARK EXPEDITION                 NEW!
http://oncampus.richmond.edu/academics/education/projects/webquests/lewisclark/
A webquest for 5th grade students in which teams of students "join" the Lewis and Clark Expedition taking on the roles of Indian affairs expert, botanist, zoologist, and topographer. Excellent

BACK TO THE AGE OF EXPLORATION – WEBQUEST                 NEW!
http://www.bcps.org/offices/lis/models/Explorers/index.html
A webquest on the Age of Exploration. "The Maryland Science Center has just announced a new exhibit to open next year! They will have a virtual time machine where people can choose an event and then go back to that time for a visit. Your class has been asked to suggest an event from the Age of Exploration for the time machine dial. There were many explorers and conquerors during that time period. Your decision won't be an easy one!" Excellent

BE BRAVE! EXPLORE THE UNKNOWN WORLD! (SAFE RETURN NOT GUARANTEED) – WEBQUEST         NEW!
http://www.kady.education.ucsb.edu/netshare/ucsbpt3/afield/teacher_projects/KimC_explorers/index3.html
A webquest on European explorers for 5th grade students.
"The desire to explore the unknown has been a driving force in human history since the dawn of time.  Early adventurers were motivated to:  find their fortune, become a famous name in history, claim new lands for their country, spread their religion, bring back spices and jewels or find a faster and cheaper route to foreign countries.   The captain of the ship (explorer) needed money and manpower along with support from a rich benefactor.  Most voyages were made in the name of the royal ruler of the country.  The crewmen who signed on to these long and dangerous voyages were not always experienced seamen, but large numbers of them were needed to help man the sails and allow for losses from death and illness (it was a very dangerous adventure!)
The captain (explorer) himself was not always an experienced seaman.  Desire for wealth and fame were often his only motivations for undertaking such dangerous voyages.  The ships were often old, but the captain took what he was given and began his voyage into the unknown looking for a specific land or route, surprises were many. 
The explorers are still looking for adventuresome volunteers to sail into the unknown.  Will you be brave enough to join them?  They will be setting sail soon.  Hurry and pack your few belongings.  Don't forget to bring all the paper you can and a writing utensil in order to record the amazing new sights you'll see.  You should be prepared to take notes on what you do; after all, the reputation of your captain depends upon you.  By making a PowerPoint presentation and a newspaper of your journeys, you will be revealing the secrets of the unknown to the rest of the civilized world."
Note: We found a couple of broken links on this site. Excellent

A CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS WEBQUEST                         NEW!
http://www.coe.ilstu.edu/jabraun/students/holt/
A webquest for 5th and 6th graders in which students form a jury in a trial to determine whether Christopher Columbus was a "fraudulent historical figure". Sections: FAQ-Questions You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Christopher Columbus; An Overview of the Christopher Columbus Court Hearing; Your Task, as the Jury; What Have You Learned?; and Resources. Excellent

EARLY OCEAN EXPLORERS – WEBQUEST                     NEW!
http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/encanto/earlyexplorers/
A webquest on early explorers for 5th grade students.
"Have you ever watched the sun set over the ocean? Doesn't it look like it gets swallowed by the seas? You know that the earth is round, but imagine yourself living in the mid 1400's. The early explorers didn't know if there was something beyond the horizon. Many people of the time thought the earth was flat, and that you would fall off the edge if you went too far. These individuals' desire for adventure on the high seas was stronger than their fear.
The local historical society would like to create a mural in the city's central library commemorating the early explorers. Your group has been asked to submit a proposal for this memorial."
Excellent

EUROPEAN EXPLORERS OF EARLY CANADA – WEBQUEST                     NEW!
http://www.mhcbe.ab.ca/st_francis/gr5/WebQuests/Explorers/Explorers.htm
A webquest for 5th grade students on the early European explorers of Canada. "The Explorers Hall of Fame is devoted to honouring the great Early European Explorers who came to Canada while they were looking for a water route to Asia. There is a Multimedia Technology Wing being added to the Explorers Hall of Fame. Your teacher has volunteered your class to provide the information on the early explorers in a Multimedia Format. This information will be used at the Explorers Hall of Fame." Excellent

EXPLORATION WEBQUEST                         NEW!
http://www.asij.ac.jp/elementary/links/webquests/explorer/G5_expl_intro.htm
A webquest on exploration for 5th grade students. "Her Majesty Queen Isabella of Castile and Aragon and His Majesty Ferdinand II of Castile and Aragon  request your assistance for the glory of Spain. You have been selected from a long list of prominent subjects of the Kingdom of Spain to assist the court in the exploration and discovery of new lands. The kingdom of Spain is in need of a daring and courageous crew to sail into the un-chartered waters of our oceans and search for new lands, in the hope of finding exotic riches, spices, and lands to be claimed and settled  for their Majesties King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain. Should you succeed in your quest you will be given the governorship of the new land and a generous percentage of the riches generated from the your discoveries." Excellent

EXPLORATIONS OF THE NEW WORLD – A WEBQUEST                 NEW!
http://curry.edschool.virginia.edu/go/edis771/fall99webquests/student/srebeccaandrews/home.html
A webquest on explorers for elementary students focusing on Columbus, Ponce de Leon or Champlain or Cabot. "Have you ever wondered what it would be like to set sail on a ship bound for an unknown land? Well, now is your chance to be part of history.  Our class is going to journey back in space and time to join the famous explorers of the New World. You can choose to hop on board the famous voyages of Christopher Columbus, Juan Ponce de Leon, Samuel de Champlain or John Cabot. Each of you will become a crew member or stowaway aboard one of their ships.  Are you ready to set sail?" Excellent

EXPLORER WEBQUEST                 NEW!
http://coe.west.asu.edu/students/eringstrom/explorer/
A webquest on explorers for 5th grade students. "Every student will research on one of four prominent explorers Christopher Columbus, Hernando DeSoto, Hernan Cortes, John Cabot for background information on what it takes to be an explorer. Students will create an inspiration web for their chosen explorer. Part two of the task, the student will collaborate with their group to create a persuasive PowerPoint presentation to council (the class) as to why their group should be chosen to be the first to explore the new island. The presentation must include traits of a successful explorer gathered from their previous research. The council (class) will decide if the group will be rewarded the task of exploring and claiming the new island utilizing a rubric. As an extension students can also create explorer trading cards using the digital camera. Finally, after the students have presented and shared their persuasive PowerPoint they will write a short story about their travels to the new island." Excellent

EXPLORERS – A FIFTH GRADE WEBQUEST                         NEW!
http://ele.n-polk.k12.ia.us/WebQuest/eplorers/explorers_index.html
A webquest on explorers for 5th grade students. "The King seeks to hire an experienced sailor, to help find new lands filled with valuable resources. He is willing to pay this person top dollar. Many men have applied for the position. It is your job, as part of the search committee, to determine which applicant is best suited for the position. You must then make a presentation to the search committee and the King detailing your reasoning for this selection. Good luck!" Excellent

EXPLORING EXPLORERS – WEBQUEST                 NEW!
http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/grant/explorers/
A webquest on explorers for grades 5-8.
"Explorers have always been adventurous people. Their motivations vary from the desire for wealth and fame to a quest for knowledge. Some expeditions are more successful and others more dangerous, but all are interesting! Historians even question some explorer's real contribution to the future.
We have discovered a need information in a convenient location on explorers of the past and their contributions to the future.
Your class has been invited to create a quick reference guide, Exploring Explorers, to be an addition to the school library to help fill this need."
Excellent

4TH GRADE EXPLORER WEBQUEST                                 NEW!
http://herrickses.org/searingtown/explorers/home.htm
A webquest on explorers for 4th grade students. "You are to become an explorer for our EXPLORER WAX MUSEUM. You will need to research your assigned explorer, write a script, and dress up as your explorer for our Wax Museum Exhibit!" Sections: Explorers of the New World, Explorers of the Arts, Explorers of Ideas, Explorers of the Sky and Explorers of the Wilderness. Excellent

NEW WORLD EXPLORERS WEBQUEST                     NEW!
http://www.schools.manatee.k12.fl.us/webdisk/landers/WebPages/explorers/explorers.html
A webquest for upper elementary students/middle school students on explorers. "You will choose an explorer to research. Next, you will need to create an Inspiration diagram to help you plan your research. This diagram will also be used for note-taking and to record useful website addresses for your explorer. You will compile all the information you have been able to gather on your explorer and create a Keynote presentation for the class." Note: We found a couple of broken links on this site. Excellent

SIGNIFICANT EXPLORERS AND CIVILIZATIONS OF THE AMERICAS – WEBQUEST             NEW!
http://www.burke.k12.nc.us/instructionaltech/webquests/explorers/

A webquest on explorers for 5th grade students.
"Beginning with the Vikings in the 8th century, the Americas have been explored by many people. During the 1500's and 1600's European countries began exploring across the Atlantic Ocean. Christopher Columbus was one of the first explorers to attempt this great feat. His accomplishments sparked the interest of exploration in many other countries.
Explorers have had various reasons for risking their lives when setting out across the world. Marco Polo was searching for new trade routes, David Livingston traveled across Africa as a missionary, while others were motivated by the need to chart and map new areas.
In this webquest, you will find out what drove the exploration for these significant explorers and how did the motives for explorations differ from country to country?"
Excellent

TREASURES FROM THE PAST: AN EXPLORATION WEBQUEST                 NEW!
http://coe.west.asu.edu/students/dschoettlin/webquest2/explorers.htm
A webquest for 5th grade students on explorers.
"In this WebQuest, you and your group will take on the role of archeologists who have found the missing treasure chest of a famous explorer. You want to share your fascinating discovery with the rest of the world, but first you must convince the board members of your local museum that the treasure chest is authentic (real). With your group, you will investigate a famous explorer then use your imagination to create the treasure chest that your archaeological group found.
Your Captain's Chest will contain the following items:

· A map of your explorer's voyage

· Explorer's Journal

· Artifacts

· Navigational Tools

· A timeline of the major events that occurred during the explorer's voyage(s).

After completing your treasure chest, you will present it to the board members at the museum (the class) for analysis. They will determine whether or not the chest and its contents are authentic and deserve world wide recognition." Note: We found a few broken links among the large number of links on this site. Excellent

WE WANT YOU TO SAIL THE OCEAN BLUE – WEBQUEST                     NEW!
http://192.107.108.56/portfolios/m/malave_j/explorers_web/
A webquest on exploration for 5th grade students.
"IMAGINE THIS:
It is the year 1590, and you are living in Europe.  You take a walk one day through the town square when you notice newly built large wooden ships along the harbor.  You are curious about these grand vessels, so you walk closer to the dock.  You stop and read a posted sign that says...
Ship Crew Wanted for Voyage to the New World
Captain Malave has received a charter from Your Majesty the King to set sail west across the vast blue ocean in search for unclaimed land in the New World. The Captain requests a strong, reliable crew to join her in this expedition."
Excellent

                                                                       

AN ADVENTURE TO THE NEW WORLD – WEBQUEST                     NEW!
http://score.rims.k12.ca.us/activity/newworld/
A webquest on explorers for junior high students.
"Instructions from the King and Queen

You, as an agent for the King and Queen, are hereby authorized to make a journey to the New World on behalf of our kingdom. All of our rivals are competing for land, trade and wealth. Whoever wins will be the strongest kingdom in Europe. It is imperative that you succeed.

Your mission is to claim all land for the monarchy, locate a new trading route across the ocean, look for the Northwest Passage, and bring back gold, silver, metals, spices, new plants, and any items deemed valuable. You will be provided with a ship, crew, and all the necessary provisions for an extensive journey to the New World. Certain precise requirements must be met if you expect to be rewarded for your achievements. In order to fulfill your contract you will make an Explorer's Notebook consisting of the attached items. Good luck on your journey and Godspeed.  The Monarchy" Note: We found some broken links on this site. Very Good

ARE YOU READY TO EXPLORE THE WORLD? – EXPLORER WEBQUEST
http://auden.webster.edu/~hillso/explorer.htm
A webquest for upper elementary students on explorers. "Exploration is a very important part of our history. Without the explorers we would not have found the "New World" or many other places. Christopher Columbus is a very important explorer for America and we honor him by having Columbus Day. We know that Christopher Columbus sailed in 1492 with the Pinta, Santa Maria, and Nina. He sailed to find India, but found America. Now, you are the Governor of Missouri with the job of deciding which explorer we should honor by having a day named after him. Who will it be? How will we will celebrate him? Why are we celebrating him?" Very Good

EXPLORERS – WEBQUEST                         NEW!
http://curry.edschool.virginia.edu/go/edis771/fall98webquests/student/skristinsmith/introex.htm
A webquest for elementary students on explorers. "YOU have been selected to help design the newest line of trading cards.   Your job is to create the first ever Explorer Trading Cards.  These cards will look similar to Baseball cards, but instead of having batting averages, the cards will have facts about the explorers major discoveries.   Using the information that is provided below and the other additional sources, you will select the information that will be printed on the cards for everyone to see.  These cards will be sold nationwide beginning next year, so we need your help soon.  Good luck!  We look forward to seeing your final products!" Note: A lot of the links on this site are broken. Very Good

EXPLORERS WEBQUEST                 NEW!
http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/pershing/explorers/
A webquest for 7th grade students on explorers.
"You will make a Pop Up book. Your Pop Up book will consist of several pages:

· Explorer page number 1- Choose an explorer of the New World. Describe his background.

· Explorer page number 2- Describe your explorer's accomplishment.

· Indian page (indigent population)- Describe an indigent population that came into contact with your explorer.

· Your choice- Describe the effect or consequence of your explorer's accomplishment (on local population, environment, human rights, life in Europe, religion, etc.---choose one)." Very Good

                                                                       

THE CASE OF THE MISSING TRUNKS – WEBQUEST                 NEW!
http://www.fcps.k12.va.us/KingsParkES/technology/webquests/explorers/
A webquest for middle school students on explorers.
"Task:  Your parents have called the New York Port Authority and given them the name of your teacher. They have mailed her the trunks. Each group will be given a trunk. Your group's job is to open the trunk and look inside. Using the items in the trunk and the websites below, your challenge is to figure out which famous explorer owned the trunk. However, in order to return the trunk to the rightful owner, the Port Authority would like you to explain why it belongs to that person. To do that, you will have to give a talk about your explorer explaining:

· Name of explorer

· Date of the explorer's birth and death

· Country the explorer sailed for

· Voyage dates

· Country of intended destination and where they actually landed if it was different

· Discoveries

· Interesting facts that you want the Port Authority to know

You will use the items in the trunk to illustrate the points of your talk. For instance, if you find a newspaper from the year 1492, written in Spanish, you might assume that the trunk belongs to Christopher Columbus. To the Port Authority you might say that Christopher Columbus sailed for Queen Isabella of Spain in 1492, thus we believe this trunk belongs to him. The Port Authority also needs a luggage tag and a passport for each trunk to be returned." Note: We found some broken links on this site. Good

CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS WEBQUEST                 NEW!
http://www.people.virginia.edu/~jv2x/wq.html
A webquest on Columbus for middle school students. "The Historical Correctness Society (HCS) has noticed an unprecedented amount of errors in a history book's recount of Christopher Columbus's journey. As a result, they have requested that you compose a revised history of Christopher Columbus's voyage to the Americas.
The HCS wants you to type up a two page essay, double-spaced, that either expands on a factual point or exposes a fallacy within the history text.
Once this task has been completed the HCS requests that you either compose or respond to a letter to the publisher that emphasizes the importance of including factual accounts in history books."
Very small print makes this hard to read but the process is very good. Good

EXPLORATION – ATTRACTING EXPLORERS – WEBQUEST                 NEW!
http://web1.umkc.edu/mceeeconandhist/students/webquest/exploration/attract_expl.htm
A webquest comparing space exploration to historical explorations.
" With the International Space Station, Alpha, now a reality, Earthlings are closer than ever to colonizing space. Space is as much an unknown frontier to us as unmapped parts of the Earth were to early explorers. What similarities do we share with those early explorers?
TASK

 You see the entrepreneurial possibilities of colonizing space.  However, you are a firm believer that we must learn from the past.  Therefore, you will make a cost-benefit chart of becoming an explorer during the 1400 and 1680s and another one for you today."
Good

EXPLORERS WEBQUEST                     NEW!
http://www.jjn.gsacrd.ab.ca/studentpub/projects/webquest/NEWEXP~1.HTM
A webquest for 5th grade students on explorers. "The grade 5 students at J.J. Nearing School have been selected to design a new line of trading cards.  Your job is to create the first ever Explorer Trading Cards.  These cards will look similar to hockey cards and other trading cards you have seen, but they will have facts about the major discoveries of Canadian Explorers.   Using the information that is provided below, material that you have learned in class and additional sources, you will select the information that will be printed on the cards.   Good luck!  We look forward to seeing your final products!" Note: We found a couple of broken links on this site. Good

EXPLORERS WEBQUEST                             NEW!
http://www.pps.k12.va.us/schools/caes/room413/ExplorerWQ.html
A webquest for upper elementary/middle school students on explorers.
"Good day young reporters. The Grand Council is going to celebrate its first Explorers Day Festival. We need information about four explorers who sailed the seas and discovered things about the "New World."  
Task: Your group will research 4 early explorers. You will describe their accomplishments by: ●  Stating what country the explorer was working for. ● Identifying his reason for exploring. ● Listing 3 items of information that he found. ●Describing the successes or accomplishments of the explorer."
Note: We found a couple of broken links on this site. Good

NAVIGATING NEW WORLDS – EXPLORERS ON THE WEB – WEBQUEST                 NEW!
http://cte.jhu.edu/techacademy/web/2000/slezak/explorerindex.html
A webquest on explorers for upper elementary/middle school students.
"You will work with a partner to search the internet and identify what drove the exploration of an explorer of your choice. During your search you will be looking for certain aspects of his exploration. Once you have obtained these aspects, you will be able to complete the following:

· Create a PowerPoint Presentation on your explorer.

· Compose a paragraph describing your explorer's role in exploration." Good

A VOYAGE BACK TO 1492 – WEBQUEST                     NEW!
http://www.manteno.k12.il.us/webquest/elementary/General/VoyageBack/A%20Voyage%20Back%20To%201491.htm
A webquest on Columbus for grades 3-5. "Your task will be to gather information on Christopher Columbus and his adventures. Your team will use this information when you journey back in time, to help Columbus with his first voyage. In addition to learning about Columbus, your team will help him convince Queen Isabella I to support the voyage. In completing your time travel, your team will tell the class why you think there is a holiday, in honor of Christopher Columbus and his explorations." Note: Most of the links are broken on this site. Good

                                                                       

DISCLAIMER: WE ARE UNABLE TO CHECK EVERY LINK WITHIN EVERY SITE.

You are welcome to post our website list on your website. You must post the entire list as written and link back to the Cumberland County AVA Center http://www.cumbavac.org   You must credit Carol Lyn Hutton, Cumberland County AVA Center, Bridgeton, NJ.

Prepared by the Cumberland County AVA Center staff. Please call #856-451-0817 or email: avacenter@cumbavac.org with questions or suggestions for future web site lists. The site list is also posted on our website http://www.cumbavac.org as well as the sites below:

http://www.atlanticava.org

http://www.cjims.org

http://www.salemnj.org

October 2005

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