Each class took some time to visit the hall of fame. Students were expected to find 4 explorers and write down the information they learned from the posters. Students have a lot of fun learning about the explorers and seeing what all of their peers created.
Students viewing the Hall of Fame
Students pose by their masterpieces
We also learned about the many new plants and food items that the native people had that the explorers didn't know about until coming to the new land. Students used their sense of smell to discover items like marigolds, corn, vanilla, cocoa, pineapple and many more. I was quite amazed that students were able to guess the majority of the items just through smell.
Students smelling the New World.
We transitioned into discussion of settlements and colonies by reading this book by Jane Yolen Roanoke: The Lost Colony--An Unsolved Mystery from History.
If you teach about early explorers, what are some of the ways you teach them? We're always looking for new ideas.