This bundle consists of 2 items related to World Explorers and Exploration. They can be purchased separately in my store and can be seen here:
World Explorers 18 Graphic Organizers
Marco Polo Informational Texts and Activities
1) World Explorers is a set of 18 graphic organizers for many of the important explorers who contributed to the exploration of the world over many centuries. Two naturalist explorers of the 19th century are included. The explorers are:
--- Road Amundsen, Vitus Bering, John Cabot, Christopher Columbus, James Cook, Charles Darwin, Francis Drake, Vasco da Gama, Prince Henry the Navigator, Alexander von Humboldt, Ibn Mattuta, David Livingstone, Ferdinand Magellan, Francisco de Orellana, Marco Polo, Robert F. Scott, Henry Stanley, and Zheng He.
--- Each explorer has a graphic organizer for students to complete with simple biographical facts, the explorer’s accomplishments, and what we can find today at the sites or area of exploration. Students are also provided with space on each sheet to draw a map of the explorer’s route(s). This activity is designed so that it is flexible for the classroom teacher to use: it can be used as an introductory activity, a review and/or summary activity, or as a part of individual project or a classroom display. It will help the student organize information on various explorers. It is also designed so that teachers do not have to use all of the organizers and can use them in any order.
I have included four pages of an answer key with some information on each explorer so that the teacher can check it against student work. Not all data on each explorer is included of course, but enough to serve as a guideline.
I also have a set of 15 Graphic Organizers for Explorers to Canada in my store, as well as a set of 24 Graphic Organizers for Explorers to the Americas. Both are designed in a similar fashion. John Cabot appears in both of sets, and Amundsen, Columbus, Cook, Drake, and Magellan also appear in the Explorers to the Americas product.
2) The Explorers: Marco Polo, World Traveler
This resource consists of three texts about Marco Polo with an “Understanding the Text” page and a “Using Language” page. These activities give the students a chance to demonstrate their understanding of what they have read, using vocabulary, making inferences and evaluating historical content, and expressing themselves through writing.
The three passages in this unit discuss Marco Polo’s early life, his journey/arrival in China, and his time in jail back in Venice and ultimate contribution to European knowledge of Asia (and the controversy surrounding it).
A full answer key is provided for objective student work.
The unit is designed primarily for Social Studies students in grades 4-7 (for strong grade 4s!) but could be used for informational text study in ELA. While the passages are continuous, each of the 3 texts can be used one at a time.