Early European Explorers Math Project

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This resource fit perfectly as an early finisher task during our social studies unit on early explorers! So happy I purchased this!!!
This was a fun way to combine math and social studies. The math teacher appreciated the review just before testing and students enjoyed plotting explorers' routes using math concepts.


Graphing ordered pairs on a coordinate grid meets early European explorers! This math-social studies cross-curricular activity will have your students learning how to graph ordered pairs on a coordinate grid. In doing so, they will also learn the exploration routes of many early European explorers.

This three part lesson plan, designed to take approximately 2 days, will guide your students through the concept of plotting ordered pairs on coordinate grids. All ordered pairs and coordinate grids are included for you! They will then apply that knowledge to a map and graphing routes of many of the famous early European explorers.

Explorer Route Coordinates Included:

  • Sir Francis Drake
  • Hernan Cortes
  • Vasco de Gama
  • John Cabot
  • Amerigo Vespucci
  • Jacques Cartier
  • Christopher Columbus
  • Leif Erikson
  • Bartolomeu Dias
  • Henry Hudson
  • Vasco Nunez de Balboa

This is the perfect accompaniment to a social studies unit on explorers as well as a lesson on 5th grade CCSS math standards. Once the project is completed, you will have a project fit for display on a bulletin board! The students will be able to showcase student creativity as well as student learning.

This classroom tested project is something I have used in my own classroom with great success.

Prep is easy and painless. Everything you need for a winning cross-curricular project is here! This mini-unit is a great way to hit many different standards across the curriculum AND have a wonderful display of student work.

What others are saying...

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Natalie R. says, "This was really fun to combine graphing points and map activities. So much better than just looking a map of the European explorers and their routes. "

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Amy N. says, "This was a wonderful way to practice and even assess the students learning of this concept, as well as see math used in the real world. Kids LOVED it!"

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Kristi J. says, "What a great way to integrate math & social sciences. My students enjoyed the coordinate grids & being able to use them in our current social sciences unit was a win-win!"

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use a pair of perpendicular number lines, called axes, to define a coordinate system, with the intersection of the lines (the origin) arranged to coincide with the 0 on each line and a given point in the plane located by using an ordered pair of numbers, called its coordinates. Understand that the first number indicates how far to travel from the origin in the direction of one axis, and the second number indicates how far to travel in the direction of the second axis, with the convention that the names of the two axes and the coordinates correspond (e.g., 𝘹-axis and 𝘹-coordinate, 𝘺-axis and 𝘺-coordinate).
Represent real world and mathematical problems by graphing points in the first quadrant of the coordinate plane, and interpret coordinate values of points in the context of the situation.


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