In this unit, students will become a famous explorer. Students will choose an explorer to research. They will follow the rubric to investigate an explorer. Students can be broken up into 5 groups. Each group will represent a different Explorer (John Cabot, Vasco Nunez Balboa, Juan Ponce de Leon, Henry Hudson, and Jacques Cartier). You can choose to do this project with partners, or it can be an independent activity too. Students are not choosing Christopher Columbus because they will be comparing and contrasting their explorer to him. Students will make a scrapbook of the explorer’s life. As with any project based learning, students will create a driving question that will help them give true meaning to their project. Throughout the project, students should be asking and answering questions related to their topic and the standards. Students will follow steps of project based instruction and their rubrics as they research and present the research. This project can be researched individually, or with a group of students who are researching the same explorer. I spent about one and a half weeks on this project— 5 days to research, 1 day to pull it all together, and 1 day to present. Students will present their project in a book talk format. Students will sit in a circle and present their scrapbook to classmates who researched a different explorer, so they can all teach eachother about the various explorers. Included in this packet are GPS standards, a project rubric/sheet, project based instruction steps, and a grading rubric, which will make it easier for students to know their expectations, and will help teachers with grading. I have also thrown in my essential questions that I use with this unit. I post them in my classroom throughout the unit. With project based learning, you want the children to go off and make the project their own, so their voice and choice is going to be how they represent their information in the scrapbook. Let me know what you think! Enjoy!