Early Explorer / Exploration Research Cards (Interactive Notebook) & Poster

Grade Levels
3rd - 12th, Homeschool
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This is a great resource for anyone that teaches about early explorers, early exploration, reasons for exploration, and the routes taken. I created this printable for the students to fill in while they listened to different groups present about the explorer they researched. These look great and are fun for students to cut out and glue into their interactive notebook. These could also be used as a center or rotation activity where students research an explorer and fill out the information for that specific explorer.

    • I use the included research poster to guide and organize student research.
    • Students use the cards to then present and create a more concise poster
    • I have also had students fill these out while they listen to classmates share their report. Making these a great way to hold student's accountable while they listen.

This Explorer poster is an awesome research tool. I have my students fill this out while they are completing their research on their chosen explorer. This allows the students to easily see what information they still need to find, and access their research when writing their essays. The great thing about this product is that it can stand alone without an essay or additional project, or serves as an effective scaffold to an Early Explorer project.

Research Poster:

  • Name of explorer
  • Route of most famous exploration
  • Reason or motivation for exploration
  • Draw their portrait
  • Birth year and Death Year
  • Where they were born
  • Favorite Facts
  • What they were famous for
  • Flag of sponsoring country


I have every student complete one of these sheets. For explorer projects students work in groups so these sheets are a great way to keep everyone accountable.

This resource also includes a card for the following explorers:

  • Leif Ericson
  • Marco Polo
  • Francisco Pizarro
  • Prince Henry
  • Bartolomeu Dias
  • Christopher Columbus
  • Amerigo Vespucci
  • John Cabot
  • Vasco De Gama
  • Vasco De Balboa
  • Ponce De Leon
  • Ferdinand Magellan
  • Hernando Cortes
  • Sir Francis Drake
  • Samuel De Champlain
  • Henry Hudson
  • Jacques Cartier
  • Francisco Coronado
  • Hernando De Soto
  • James Cook


  • Now includes blank cards as well as:
    • Robert de La Salle
    • John Smith
    • Daniel Boone
    • Lewis, Clark, & Sacagawea

Students must provide the nation the explorer represented, their purpose for exploration, a favorite fact or accomplishment, and draw the route of the explorers on a map.

I would love to hear how you use this product in your classroom!

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