No Prep! This lesson includes a 28 slide PowerPoint presentation with animation and 3 pages of accompanying handouts/guided notes that provide a concise history and explanation of the reasons for the start of the Age of Exploration. It details the importance of trade with the east, the reasons for exploration, tools of exploration, and the different attempts of finding a new trade route to India including why Christoper Columbus decided to sail west and the results of this trip. The guided notes include prompting questions to encourage students to not only record information but to analyze it and give their own responses. Great for class participation! There is also a concluding activity that has students makes preparations for their own voyage!