This Explorers of the Middle Ages product is a great supplement to a study of the explorers during the Age of Discovery. It would also work well if you are dividing a class into small groups for work in centers.
After completing the reading passages about trade, travel, and early explorers in the Middle Ages, students complete graphic organizers that help them identify key topics from this time period and events that made longer voyages by ship possible.
There are optional enrichment activity pages that give students the opportunity to explore one aspect of long distance travel during this time period in more depth.
**NEW** Digital Interactive Google Slide Notebook Pages for Google Drive. The product has a supplemental Google Slide resource for additional student practice. The digital notebook could be used in place of the paper reading passages and notes pages.
CCSS (4th grade)
Sample pacing guide
3 pages of reading passages with the following sub-topics
-- The Crusades
-- Silk Road
-- Marco Polo
-- Prince Henry and Portuguese shipbuilding
-- Bartolomeu Dias
-- Vasco da Gama
Graphic organizers to generate generalizations about exploration during the Age of Discovery (teacher notes included)
Compare Viking ships to caravel ships chart (teacher notes included)
3 critical thinking questions that require written responses (sample answers included)
5 optional enrichment activities
-- Viking travel routes
-- Early navigational tools
-- Point of view journal entry, day in the life of a sailor
-- Navigational tool timeline
-- Compass rose design activity, cardinal directions
Materials work well in conjunction with Unit 2, lesson 1 of The United States, Volume I (Macmillan/McGraw-Hill Timelinks textbook series)
** The page count includes the Google Drive slides.
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