Explorers

By

Alan Haskvitz

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Haskvitz

The study of explorers can be used to stimulate a lot of student interest and has a foundation for some excellent integrated lessons plans that involve science, technology, geography, culture, history, and language arts as well as art.

Exploration in the news makes it a good tool to use for teachable moments as well as cause and effect relationships.

Here are some of the best links I have found.

A list of sites that have free printable maps

http://www.reacheverychild.com/socialstudies/geography/geography3.html

Female Explorers

http://www.distinguishedwomen.com/subject/explore.html

A short biography on a huge number of explorers from early to space exploration is covered. For elementary use.

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/explorers/

A general link site to explorers with the emphasis on North America

http://edtech.kennesaw.edu/web/explorer.html

The Conquest of North America

Spanish explorers

http://www.vaca.com/inset11.html

Canadian exploration

http://www.stemnet.nf.ca/CITE/explorer.htm

Slow loading, but worth the wait

This site has both a list of explorers and countries explored. Good links and activities.

http://www.kidinfo.com/American_History/Explorers.html

A large link site

http://www.kathimitchell.com/explorer.htm

Explorers as an integrated theme.

For grades K-8

http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/october/explorers.html

Mariner’s Museum

A good site with the emphasis on the ships. Don’t miss the activity section.

http://www.mariner.org/educationalad/ageofex/

An encyclopedia approach

This has explorers listed in alphabetical order with links.

http://www.42explore2.com/explorers2.htm

Explorers by period and location

Very complete site.

http://www.win.tue.nl/cs/fm/engels/discovery/index.html

European Explorers

http://www.chenowith.k12.or.us/TECH/subject/social/explore.html

Lessons and printables

http://www.proteacher.com/090065.shtml

Solar system exploration

http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/educ/lessons.cfm

How to become an astronaut

http://www.ksc.nasa.gov/facts/faq12.html

Excellent site for advanced thinkers

Space exploration and the problems it represents.

http://www.challenger.org/teachers/lessons/exploration.cfm

The Unconventional Explorer

Interesting site that offers lesson ideas on a variety of lesser-known explorers as well as the usual.

http://hti.math.uh.edu/curriculum/units/2004/02/04/04.02.04.php

Ocean exploration

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/18/g35/ballardmuseum.html

Compare and Contrast Explorer traits

http://www.dembsky.net/explorers/