This Age of Exploration Powerpoint is a perfect way of introducing explorers and getting elementary and middle school students excited to research individual explorers!
This powerpoint focuses on 6 explorers who made contributions to the discovery of the "New World": North and South America.
The powerpoint discusses the importance of the Age of Exploration, the countries involved during the time period, and the contributions of the following European explorers (Christopher Columbus, Amerigo Vespucci, Henry Hudson, Samuel de Champlain, Giovanni da Verrazzano, and Hernando Cortes).
Educators can combine this powerpoint with persuasive writing and nonfiction text structures. Students can begin the unit by pushing themselves and persuading teachers why they would want to research a certain explorer.