This is a project I've done with 5th and 8th grade classes. It gives the student choices of finished projects that fit various learning styles.
The project include instructions, list of explorers, and a rubric.
The project requires students to research an explorer from the included list, make creative elements and write about their explorer.
It would be easy to modify this project for upper grades, possibly down to 3rd grade, and to include a speaking and listening grade.