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Could you travel 75,000 miles in 30 years? Moroccan traveler Ibn Battuta did—by foot, horse, camel, or boat—in the 1300s. Invite students to trace his journey and imagine the marvels he saw!
The legendary Moroccan traveler Ibn Battuta lived by this motto: "Never, if possible, cover any road a second time." In 30 years he ventured on horse, camel, foot, and boat. Battuta visited countries from Morocco through North and East Africa, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, India, Indonesia, and into China. Imagine traveling more than 75,000 miles—without a car or a plane!
Read Traveling Man, The Journey of Ibn Battuta by James Rumford. Invite students to read and research to learn more about this little-known explorer. Trace his journeys on maps before creating a drawing of a fascinating marvel that he visited.
Once student research is complete, children will begin their artwork by framing their pictures. Ask students to draw a rectangle in the center of their paper using Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils. Within the rectangle, use Crayola Twistables to draw and color a scene from one of the fascinating places Battuta visited. Students may draw in corner photos tabs to create a contemporary photo album look.
Around the frame of each picture, suggest students use their imagination to draw swirls of color with Crayola Gel Markers. Inside the swirls, write a caption with a Crayola Fine Tip Marker to explain drawings.
Provide time in the school day for students to present their representations of Battuta's journeys to small groups of classmates.
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