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Learning Exercise

Material: Early European Explorers Wiki
Submitted by: Joseph Coscia on May 06, 2007
Date Last Modified: May 06, 2007
Title: Explorer Trading Cards
Description: Students will use the learning object provided on Early European Exploration to create "Explorer Trading Cards," that contain information on specific explorers covered within this unit of study.
Type of Task: Individual
Time Required 45-50 minutes
Topics: Early European Exploration European Expansion Northwest Passage Trade Routes
Course: Social Studies
Audience: Grade School
Prerequisites Skills: Students must navigae the wiki learning object prior to completing this assignment.
Learning Objectives: Students will gain knowledge about specific explorers in the early 17th and 18th centuries. Students will understand the reasons for European exploration. Students will recognize the countries involved in European exploration.
Text of Learning Exercise: Students will be provided the link for this learning object on the class webpage. Students will click on the link and navigate through the Early European Exploration wiki. Using the explorer Hall of Fame, the students will write down important facts on all ten explorers on paper provided using the following outline: Year of birth; Country sailed for; Discovery made; and Interesting Fact. Students will then choose three explorers and create Explorer Trading Cards using cardstock paper provided by the teacher. The students will have the option of drawing the face of the explorer on the front of the card, or printing a picture of the explorer from the internet, and glueing it to the cardstock paper. Students are permitted to design the back of the trading card in any fashion they desire, as long as each outline topic is shown. Students will then share their trading cards with their peers, and the cards will later be displayed in the classroom.
Assessment: Students will answer the blog question on the learning object and submit their answer on the class blog.
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