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Social Studies

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World Map Project










Constitution Day 9-17





Early Explorers


Early Explorers.docx



Early Explorers Project



  YOU have been selected to help design the newest line of trading cards.   Your job is to create the first ever "Explorer Trading Cards".  These cards will look similar to Baseball cards, but instead of having batting averages, the cards will have facts about the explorer's major discoveries.   Using the information that is provided below and the other additional sources, you will select the information that will be printed on the cards for everyone to see.  These cards will be sold nationwide beginning next year, so we need your help soon.  Good luck!  We look forward to seeing your final products!

The Task

    Your task is as follows:

  • Using the Internet and other resources, locate the information required to answer the questions for the explorer you were assigned.  Use the template to organize the back side of your card.
  • On the front side of the card, attach a picture of the explorer and a map of his route.  Be sure to include the explorer's name and your name.  On the back of the card should be the template. Decorate your card and make it look visually appealing.
  • Share your card with your classmates.


The Process

1. Research your explorer. Use the Resource section (below) for help.
Questions for Explorer Trading Card Project.docx

2. When you have answered all the questions, review the information to make sure you have written down all the important facts on your question sheets. Transfer all of your information from your sheet onto your explorer trading card.  You will type this using the template.

3. Next, locate a  picture of the explorer.  (Google images may help)  On the front side of the card you will attach a picture of the explorer and a map so that one side has a picture of the explorer and the other will contain information about him. 

4.  The final step is to edit your cards to make sure you have not made any writing errors, then add the finishing touches by coloring and making the cards visually appealing. You must include the name of the explorer on top of his picture.  Neatness counts!

Here are some sites where you can find information about explorers:
North American Exploration: 



Evaluation: Early Explorer Trading card rubric.doc

 Your teacher will check your cards and grade them on the following:

  • the information is clear, and complete
  • you have included the explorer's picture and a map
  • the card is neatly done (colored, includes name of explorer and pic)

-Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca
-Bernal Diaz
-Jacques Cartier
-Henry Hudson
-Marco Polo

-John Cabot
-Francis Drake
-Hernando Cortes
-Francisco Vasquez de Coronado
-Vasco Nunez de Balboa
-Juan de Onate
-Christopher Columbus
-Vasco de Gama
-Ferdinand Magellan
-Bartolomeu Dias
-Amerigo Vespucci
-Ponce de Leon
-Leif Ericson
-Hernando De Soto
-Giovanni Verrazano
-Pedro Cabral
-Jaques Marquette
-Samuel De Champlain
-Robert La Salle
-Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo









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