A Journal of Discovery Grades Various
In this activity, students, turn a scientific eye on their own neighborhoods and make their own "discoveries."
An Adventure to the New World Grades Middle School
Students create an "Explorer's Notebook" as they learn about explorers from the 15th and 16th centuries. Includes a hot list of Internet sites students can explore!
Christopher's Crossing Grades 3-5
After playing this game, students will be able to answer questions about Christopher Columbus' first voyage.
The Discovery of the Americas: A Play About Early Explorers Grades Elementary
A hands on approach to teach students about everyone from the Stone Age Hunters to Magellan.
Early European Explorers Grades Upper Elementary
Students will broaden their understanding of the past and their historical roots, along with examining the economic motivations of the explorers.
A teacher resource.
Explorer Report Grades 5-12
A complete guide and assessment to a explorer report.
Explorer Go Fish Grades 5-12
Create fun cards to teach the explorers of your choice.
Explorer Interviews Grades 5-8
Students will work in pairs researching an explorer and then interview each other.
Explorers, Fur Traders, the Mètis Peoples, Early Immigrants, and Treaties Grades 4-6
Students will examine the following concepts: history, explorers, traders, immigrants, push/pull factors.
Follow an Explorer Grades 5-8
A printable worksheet that guides students in completing a project about an explorer. Students research the explorer's personal background, route, and transportation.
Lessons of the Explorers Grades K-12
A great number of lessons and resources from Education Planet.
The Indian's Discovery of Columbus Grades 2-5
This unit presents the conquest of Mexico and the downfall of the Aztec empire from the perspective of the Aztec "Indians" themselves.
Voyage of Doom Grades 5-12
From PBS, a website about the excavation of French explorer Robert Cavelier Sieur de la Salle's ship, the La Belle. Click on Teacher's Guide for classroom activities. Designed for use with PBS programming, but adaptable.
Exploration and Discovery
Australian Explorers Grades 4-12
"In 1788, with the arrival of the first fleet, little was known about this wide brown land which we now call Australia." Learn about the first people to explore this wonderful continent.
Destination Space Grades 5-12
Explore the final frontier! View images from the Hubble Telescope, learn about our attempts to reach mars, and tour the vast universe.
Dive and Discover Grades 3-12
Explore the wonders of the ocean floor. The site contains information about current expeditions and you are able to read daily updates.
Empire of the Bay Grades 5-12
"The story of the shrewd merchants and bold explorers of the Hudson's Bay Company, who tamed a wilderness and opened up the heart of North America." This is a great site based on the PBS broadcast. You can find lesson plans, a timeline, a quiz, maps, and much more.
Explorations of the South Continent Grades 5-12
Find 150 years of history dealing with the exploration of South America.
Explorer Poems Grades 1-5
Here is a collection of poems authored by a 5th grade class. They are not only fun to read, but they also contain a great deal of information about the specific explorer.
Explorers and Travelers Grades 1-5
A great site that include useful information and is an easy read for students. Some of the explorers include Lewis & Clark and Zebulon Pike.
Explorers of the Millennium Grades 4-12
This site will provide students with a wealth of information about the most important explorers of the past thousand years in a simple, easy-to-use format.
Explorers of North America Grades Intermediate
Online games that review European explorers of North America and what they discovered.
Exploring the West From Monticello Home Grades 5-12
A great resource on information about the expedition of Lewis & Clark. You can also find information of the exploration of the West.
Florida of the Conquistador Grades 5-12
Gold! Glory! God! Learn about the Spanish exploration of Florida. Find detailed information on Ponce de Leon, de Naravaez, de Soto and de Luna. There are several other links related to this subject.
Glossary About the Arctic Grades 5-12
An incredible collection of resources and information that relate to the interesting Arctic environment.
Liftoff to Space Exploration Grades 3-12
Find out what the past, present and future of space exploration has to offer.
Lunar Exploration Grades 5-12
Find a timeline, details about various lunar missions and excellent photos.
Meeting of Frontiers Grades 8-12
This is a "bilingual, multimedia English-Russian digital library that tells the story of the American exploration and settlement of the West, the parallel exploration and settlement of Siberia and the Russian Far East, and the meeting of the Russian-American frontier in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest."
The Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) Grades 5-12
The PVS was founded in 1973 to research how Polynesian seafarers discovered and settled nearly every inhabitable island in the Pacific Ocean before European explorers arrived in the 16th century. Learn about what they discovered.
South Pole.com Grades 4-12
By clicking on "Exploration of Antarctica" you will find the following: a timeline, information about the explorers, maps, and US programs.
Voyage of Exploration: Discovering New Horizons Grades 5-12
This site follows in the footsteps of some of the world's greatest explorers, reliving their adventurous expeditions into the unknown. Visitors will be taken on a journey through past centuries looking at these adventurers, the dangers they faced, where they went and their motivation for exploration.
Zoom Explorers Grades 4-12
This incredible site is a must visit! It provides information about the explorers by world regions, century, and by their individual names.
The American Experience: Alone on the IceGrades 5-12
This site is based on the film about Richard Byrd, an Antarctic explorer. It includes information and maps about his incredible journey.
Balboa, Vasco Nunez de Grades 5-12
Learn about the journeys of this Spanish explorer, along with with other valuable links.
Cook, Captain James Grades 5-12
Cook is known as the "... the ablest and most renowned navigator this or any country that produced. He possessed all the qualifications requisite for his profession and great undertakings ..." Learn all about the voyages of Captain Cook.
Drake, Sir Francis Grades 5-12
These pages are focused on Sir Francis Drake, and in particular on his "Famous Voyage" - the circumnavigation of the world in the sixteenth century, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth.
Hudson, Henry - Explorer of the Hudson River Grades 5-12
Set out on his ship, the Half Moon, Hudson was looking for a quick way from England to the "islands of spicery". Learn more about his journey.
Kino, Father Eusebio Francisco Grades 5-12
Learn more about the early Spanish explorer that established various missions in the New World.
Lewis & Clark's HistoricTrail Grades 5-8
Find detailed information about this duo's great expedition. The site provides: maps, a timeline, sample journal entries, and much more.
Lost in the Grand Canyon Grades 5-12
This PBS site is based on the "American Experience" film. Learn about Joseph Wesley Powell's adventure.
Verrazzano, Giovanni da Grades 5-12
Learn more about the man who explored the east coast of what is now the United States in 1525 and is best known for being the discoverer of New York Harbor and for mistaking Pamlico Sound for the Pacific.
Various Web Resources
Latitude - The Science of Sailing the WorldGrades 5-12
Learn how the explorers of the 1400's navigated their way across the world.
Origins of the Compass Rose Grades 6-12
This symbol has been included on maps since the 1300's.
Ships of Discovery Research Grades 5-12
Learn much more about the ships of the early explorers.
A Long and Uncertain Journey: The 27,000 Mile Voyage of Vasco Da Gama (Great Explorers)
by Joan Elizabeth Goodman
A Picture Book of Christopher Columbus
by David A. Adler
The Adventures of the Great Explorers (Megascope Series)
by Hubert Ben Kemoun
Aztecs, Mayas and Incas Mbu (Ladybird Explorers Plus)
by Fiona MacDonald
Beyond the Sea of Ice : Voyages of Henry Hudson (Great Explorers Book, 1)
by Joan Elizabeth Goodman
Cabeza De Vaca : New World Explorer
by Keith Brandt
by Alice Hughes
Captain Cook : The Great Ocean Explorer (What's Their Story)
by Haydn Middleton
Cartier : Jacques Cartier in Search of the Northwest Passage (Exploring the World)
by Jean F. Blashfield
Christopher Columbus (In Their Own Words (Paper))
by Peter Roop
Columbus : & the Renaissance Explorers (Great Explorer Series)
by Colin Hynson
Columbus and the World Around Him
by Milton Meltzer
Conquerors & Explorers (Fact or Fiction)
by Stewart Ross
EARLY EXPLORERS OF NORTH AMERICA
by C. Keith Wilbur
Encounter (Voyager Books)
by Jane Yolen
Exploration of Africa (Great Explorers Series)
by Colin Hynson
Exploration of North America (Great Explorers Series)
by Shirley Greenway
by Scott Ciencin
Explorers (Fandex Family Field Guides)
by Steven M. L. Aronson
Explorers and Discoverers
by Neil Grant
Explorers and Traders
by Claire Craig
Explorers : From Columbus to Armstrong (Famous Lives)
by Felicity Everett
Explorers of North America (True Books: American History)
by Brendan January
Explorers to the New World
by Shirley Jordon
Explorers: Searching for Adventure
Explorers Who Got Lost
by Diane Sansevere-Dreher
Explorers (Women in Profile Series)
by Carlotta Hacker
Exploring North America (Voyages of Discovery)
by Jacqueline Morley
From Coronado to Escalante : The Explorers of the Spanish Southwest (World Explorers)
by John Miller Morris
Good-bye for Today : The Diary of a Young Girl at Sea
by Connie Roop
by Eric Tomb
Hernando Cortes and the Conquest of Mexico (Explorers of the New World)
by Gina De Angelis
Hernando De Soto (Groundbreakers)
by Ruth Manning
The History News: Explorers
by Michael Johnstone
by Jean Marzollo
by James Rumford
Jacques Cartier and the Exploration of Canada (Explorers of New Worlds)
by Daniel E. Harmon
James Cook and the Exploration of the Pacific (Explorers of New Worlds)
by Charles J. Shields
John Cabot : The Rediscovery of North America (Explorers of New Worlds)
by Charles J. Shields
The Journal of Etienne Mercier : Queen Charlotte Islands, 1853
by Dave Bouchard
LA Salle and the Exploration of the Mississippi (Explorers of New Worlds)
by Daniel E. Harmon
The Lamp, the Ice, and the Boat Called Fish
by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Lewis and Clark : Explorers of the American West
by Steven Kroll
Marco Polo and the Wonders of the East (Explorers of the New World)
by Hal Marcovitz
Meet Christopher Columbus (Step-Up Biographies)
by John Edens
Meriwether Lewis : Boy Explorer (Childhood of Famous Americans)
by Charlotta M. Bebenroth
My Name Is York
by Elizabeth Van Steenwyk
National Geographic World Atlas for Young Explorers
by Ngs Cartographer
Questions and Answers About Explorers (Questions and Answers About)
by Christopher Maynard
Robert Peary : The Quest for the North Pole (Explorers of New Worlds)
by Daniel E. Harmon
Space Explorers (Magic School Bus Chapter Book, 4)
by Eva Moore
Spirit of Endurance : The True Story of the Shackleton Expedition to the Antarctic
by Jennifer Armstrong
Streams to the River, River to the Sea
by Scott O'Dell
The Travels of John and Sebastian Cabot (Explorers and Exploration)
by Joanne Mattern
Trial by Ice : A Photobiography of Sir Ernest Shackleton
by K. M. Kostyal
The Viking Explorers (Explorers of New Worlds)
by Jim Gallagher
Websters New World Dictionary for Explorers of Language
by Michael Agnes
by William Durbin