Early Explorers Webquest

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Early Explorers Webquest

Students will gain basic knowledge about ten significant explorers from the 1200s to the 1700s. The Early Explorers Webquest uses the following great website.

http://www.ducksters.com/biography/explorers/
Click here to view the website.

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My students enjoy learning new facts about important explorers from the website. I usually use this activity as a review or introduction activity for my middle school students and it takes at least one to two class periods for my students to finish. Feel free to modify this activity if needed to fit the needs of your students.

The following explorers are covered in this webquest:
Marco Polo
Zheng He
Christopher Columbus
Hernan Cortes
Vasco da Gama
Sir Francis Drake
Henry Hudson
Ferdinand Magellan
Francisco Pizarro
Captain James Cook

The following questions are covered are in the webquest for each explorer.

Occupation
The year the person was born
What country or city-state where the person was born
What year the person died
What the person is best known for
Places explored/conquered
Two interesting facts about the person
Two fun facts about the person

An answer sheet is not included, I just print off the biography from the website for each explorer.

Please check out my Explores and Colonization Collections and Individual Lessons Plans!

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Individual Explorers and Colonization Lesson Plans

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Please check out the following lesson plan collections that have some or all of my Explorers and Colonization lesson plans.
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