As a class we looked closely at 8 different European explorers and tried to map their routes around the world. We were given a world map and different coordinates that matched an explorer. We discussed how to read a world map and what longitude and latitude and where the Equator is.
We needed to read the longitude and latitude of the coordinates to map out each journey. This was a challenge and took a fair bit of concentration, persistence and team work. Once this was done we were given 8 explorer cards with information about each one and where they travelled. We had to use the information to guess which explorer took which journey that we drew on the world map. The explorers we looked at were:
Finally we recorded 3 interesting facts about each explorer in our groups and then we placed all of this information on a big poster. Check out some of our posters and facts here:
We also looked at the different tools that explorers used to navigate in the sea. One piece of equipment we learnt about was the astrolabe. The astrolabe was invented in Greece and for many centuries. It was used by both astronomers, navigators and explorers who used it to determine latitude, longitude and the time of day.
We worked together to make our very own and tested them outside.
What was something interesting that you found out about an European Explorer?
What do you think it would have been like to be an explorer all those years ago?
Which explorer would you like to find out more information about and why?