I used this resource as a google Doc and I shared it with my students in Google Classroom. You can upload the document into your Google Drive and assign with your Google Classroom page or you can email each student this attachment. If you choose to add it to your Google Drive, be sure to upload it as a Google Doc, so that when you assign it to your students in Google Classroom they can edit it. When I assigned it, I chose the "copy for each student" button.
The students can click on the links within the document to fill out the research.
There is a compare and contrast of maps from 1400's and now. An introduction page where the students watch a video from YouTube, with a question for interaction!
Next, there is a page with 12 explorers. Each of the explorers is actually linked (through a website called Thinglink) to 5-8 different research websites. So, if you click on Christopher Columbus a ThingLink page will open with 7 websites for students to use as a guide as they fill out the research page that follows for that explorer. (I paired my students up and each group got one explorer. Both students wrote about that explorer on the research page with the chart).
Here is an example of the thinglink page. There are 12 of these explorer ThingLinks included on page 3.
Then, there is a page where they pretend they ARE the EXPLORER they have researched. Write a letter home to the sponsoring countries telling them of your travels.
Last, there is a page of 10 websites that I used on the thinglink pages and for the students to use for research on their explorer.