Age of Discovery Explorers Magic Portrait Lesson

Grade Levels
7th - 11th
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This amazing Age of Exploration activity includes a PowerPoint on European explorers (plus Zheng He) that is brought to life through amazing "Harry Potter" style magical portraits.

Explorers included in the lesson are:

  • Zheng He
  • Christopher Columbus
  • Vasco da Gama
  • Ferdinand Magellan
  • Jacques Cartier
  • Hernan Cortes
  • Francisco Pizarro
  • Francis Drake
  • Samuel Champlain

Each slide includes essential information about each explorer, as well as the magic portrait with faces that blink, smile, laugh, and look around the room.

Your students will be AMAZED at these visuals and will not take their eyes off of your screen!

Also included is a fully-narrated "flipped classroom" video version of the presentation! This can be used for students to watch at home, shown in class, posted for absent students, or just used yourself to prep for the lesson.

A guided notes worksheet and graphic organizer is also included along with an exit ticket slide and directions page on how to easily get your lesson to play perfectly.

This is a truly amazing, dynamic activity for your European Explorers or Age of Discovery unit that will engage your visual learners. Your students will gasp when they see Hernan Cortes smile and wink at them! I promise they will be howling with delight!

You can see a small animated sample slide on Pinterest by clicking here!

If you like this lesson and are looking for more, click here for more cool Magic Portrait lessons.

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Total Pages
13 pages
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Teaching Duration
40 minutes
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