Outstanding Explorers

Social Studies

Students will learn facts about explorers.

What You Need

What to Do

  1. Talk to your students about famous explorers. Remind them that there are many different kinds of explorers. For instance, Jacques Cousteau explored under the ocean; Neil Armstrong explored in outer space; and Ansel Adams explored the land to take pictures of the environment.
  2. With your students, brainstorm a list of explorers.
  3. Give each student a copy of the Explorer Cards.
  4. Tell students to choose two explorers to make cards for.
  5. Tell students to research the following questions about their explorers: when they lived, what countries they were from, and where they explored. If you have Internet access in the classroom, students can use the Internet resources listed below.
  6. Each student should write the explorers' names on their cards and draw pictures in the space provided. They should write facts in the spaces on the right-hand side of each card.
  7. Have students cut out the cards and then fold and glue or tape them.
  8. If you like, you can display the cards around the room.

Internet Resources

Zoom Explorers
Search no further for a thorough list of world explorers. Included are basic facts, maps, and hyperlinks to related sites. This is an excellent reference.
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/explorers/
ReferenceResources: FamousExplorers
This extensive reference resource includes the names of explorers from all parts of the world. Material is organized by country/area and in alphabetical order.
http://www.kidinfo.com/American_History/Explorers.html
Discoverers Web
Here is an abundance of information on exploration. Included are an alphabetical list of explorers; links to pictures, drawings and photographs of explorers; a list of explorers who died during their voyages; and much, much more.
http://www.win.tue.nl/cs/fm/engels/discovery/
The Mariners' Museum - Age of Exploration educational curriculum
The Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Virginia, has collected materials that follow maritime discoveries from ancient times to Captain Cook's 1768 voyage to the South Pacific. This site offers many hands-on activities, a bibliography, and a suggested reading list.
http://www.mariner.org/educationalad/ageofex/