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Explore, adventure, and travel around the world with our free Explorers Notebook.

This study is written for upper elementary students and gives them a checklist for each day. You don’t even need to write a lesson plan! Just gather the books, print the notebook, and let your student get to work–reading, researching, and compiling an Explorers Notebook.

Thanks to Wende for contributing the Explorers Notebook to Homeschool Share.

Library List for the Explorers Unit & Notebook

The core book for this study of explorers is Around the World in a Hundred Years by Jean Fritz. This book is controversial, so please preview it before deciding to use it. Alternatively, you could use other explorer books you find at your local library.

Explorers Included in the Explorers Notebook

Throughout the course of this study, your student will be introduced to thirteen different explorers:

  • Marco Polo
  • Prince Henry (Henry the Navigator)
  • Bartholomew Diaz
  • Christopher Columbus
  • Vasco da Gama
  • Pedro Cabral
  • John Cabot
  • Amerigo Vespucci
  • Ponce de Leon
  • Vasco Nunez de Balboa
  • Ferdinand Magellan
  • Hernando Cortez
  • Francisco Vasquez de Coronado

Printables Included in the Explorers Notebook

This notebook includes 28 printable pages.

  • A notebook page for each explorer. Your student will need to record birth date, death date, nationality, occupation, transportation used, lands explored, purpose for exploring, and an interesting fact.
  • A map page is provided for each explorer. Your student can chart and label the travels of each explorer on appropriate maps provided.
  • An “Exploring New Words” page is provided for your student to write vocabulary words and definitions as directed in the instructions for each week.
  • Diagram of a Ship

It also includes timeline pieces (if you would like for your student to create a timeline).

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More Unit Studies and Printables for Your Students

If your student enjoys this Explorers Unit, try some of these:

If You Lived with the Iroquois Lapbook
Viking Adventure Unit Study & Lapbook