Theme Project: Choose a route of an explorer from the unit. Think about what you would see today if you traveled that route.

1. Choose an Explorer Search through the unit or do additional research to find an explorer who interests you. Select one of his journeys to focus on. Write the explorer's name and the beginning and ending locations of the route he took on his journey.

The explorer I chose for the Theme Project is: ______________________.

Born: ___________.

Died: ___________.

The route I will study:

Starts in _______________________________

Ends in _________________________________

Passes through what is now _________________________________

2. What to Wear? Research what people like your explorer wore. Also, think about where the explorer is going on the journey. Write a description of some of the clothing you would pack for your journey with this explorer. ___________________________________________________________________________

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3. Draw a Map Showing Change Create a map with illustrations that show how things have changed from the time the explorer made the journey to today. Think especially about how the land and the people who live there are different. To help prepare to make your map, answer the following questions:

Who lived in the land when the explorer arrived?

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Who lives in this land now?

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What was the land like when the explorer arrived?

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What is the land like now?

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Some features I want to have on my map are: ___________________________________________________________________________

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4. Write a Story Write a story about the people you meet on the journey. To help plan your story, answer the following questions:

The main idea of my story is:

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Here are some things that might happen in my story:

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Here are some ideas about how my story will end:

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The title of my story might be:

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5. Make a Transportation Collage Think about the kinds of transportation you might need as you travel. List them below. Modes of transportation can include ships, horses, mules, and your own feet. Make drawings or find pictures that represent the types of transportation you will be using. Arrange the pictures and drawings on posterboard to create your collage. Choose a title for your work and add it to the collage.

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6. Display Your Work With your teacher and classmates, choose an “Explorers' Show-and-Tell Day,” so you can share your work. You might even want to dress in a costume. Show your classmates your map and explain your route. Tell what the land was like when you first saw it. Then read your story about the people you met. As you hear your classmates tell about their journeys, discuss how the journeys were the same or different.