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Who explored where? When? Represent travel since ancient times by mapping explorers' routes around the globe.
Since the beginning of human habitation on Earth, the natural curiosity of humans has enticed them to explore unchartedlands. Invite students organized in small groups to research the kingdoms and nations that sent explorers forth. Find the names of independent adventurers. Look beyond the recent Spanish and Portuguese explorers who have had good publicity. Investigate the amazing places that Chinese explorers visited. Or discover lands where Vikings arrived before other Europeans. Exploration over land counts, too, such as the Silk Road.
Once research for all groups is complete, groups will create a timeline that illustrates their findings. This can take the form of a 3-dimensional globe.
Begin by asking students to cover their work area with recycled newspaper. To create their papier mâché globes, students tear recycled newspaper into strips or squares. Mix equal parts of water and Crayola® School Glue. Slide the torn newspaper into the glue. Cover a crumpled piece of recycled newspaper with two or three layers of newspaper, smoothing it as you go. Dry.
Add more layers of paper until the globe is sturdy. Dry completely.
Students look at an atlas or globe to find the placement of land masses on Earth. Encourage them to first sketch the continents on the globe with Crayola® Washable Markers. Paint land and sea with Crayola Tempera. Dry.
With the point of Crayola Scissors, students poke a hole in the globe where their first explorer started. Poke other holes at various stops along the journey. Poke chenille sticks in holes from one to another to mark each explorer's route. Choose a different color chenille stem to represent each explorer's nation.
Ask students to push another craft stick in their globes to hold a color key. Write down the time period and the people who were exploring on paper tabs cut from recycled file folders. Match the tabs to the appropriate colored chenille stem and tie to a craft stick.
Student groups prepare a short presentation for classmates where they share important information about their explorers and use their globes as a visual aid. Once presentations are complete, each group will place their globes appropriately along the Mapping World Explorers timeline.
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