To recognize the abilities and accomplishments of the greatest navigator of the Age of Exploration.
1 class period
Class members begin this activity by reading a story about Ferdinand Magellan, who was considered to be the greatest navigator of the Age of Exploration. This is followed by a series of questions which require students to think critically, make comparisons, and draw conclusions based upon what they have read.
Next, class members work on a fun map exercise which locates places seen by Magellan during his voyage.
To conclude the lesson, students compete against each other to see who is the fastest to connect dots on a world map that traces the route taken by Magellan. THERE IS NO OTHER CONTEST LIKE THIS ONE! The contest is preceded by a quick map directions skills exercise.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment or used as a review exercise later in the school year.