It’s Explorer time around here! This month is all about explorers (which I love!). The kids have been working on their explorer lapbooks about the Age of Discovery. The lapbook covers more than 40 explorers and has lots of cool info about why people explored, the tools they used, the types of ships, the knots they tied, maps, vocabulary… tons of stuff. I have it out on Teachers Pay Teachers but not Wordplay yet if you want to take a look.
Besides that, we read a book about Columbus that talked about how his sailors almost mutinied. Lucky for Columbus, they found land just three days later. Whew! It seemed like the perfect idea for a persuasive writing assignment.
I kept the assignment super simple. They just had to write a letter from Columbus to his crew encouraging (or maybe threatening!) them to carry on! Afterwards, they typed their letters, put them on construction paper, and decorated them (basically, they spread glitter around the words “riches” and “gold”). Obviously they’ve got a pretty good grip on what was motivating the crew!
The second (and possibly more fun) part of the assignment was to draw Columbus’ route on aluminum foil (Sharpie markers are great for this). This was a very loosely-accurate map, based kinda sorta on where people figured Columbus went (because he never did believe he had discovered a whole new continent!).