Explorer Project Webquest

Tired of the music?
Click the speaker to stop.
Welcome Aboard the Fifth Caravel!
Hang on to your hats and get ready to
swab the decks mates. You’re about to
sail on a voyage for knowledge learning
about the early explorers along the way.
When the music stops move on to learn
about the caravel.
Caravel: A Revolutionary Sailing Ship: The caravel (also spelled
carvel) is a light sailing ship that that was developed by the
Portuguese in the late 1400's, and was used for the next 300 years.
The Portuguese developed this ship to help them explore the African
coast. The caravel was an improvement on older ships because it
could sail very fast and also sail well into the wind (windward).
Caravel planking on the hull replaced thinner, less effective planking.
Caravels were broad-beamed ships that had 2 or 3 masts with square
sails and a triangular sail (called a lanteen). They were up to about 65
feet long and could carry roughly 130 tons of cargo. Caravels were
smaller and lighter than the later Spanish galleons (developed in the
Yearning for a little introduction? Click
on the movie to hear about ole
Christopher Columbus’ and other early
Explorers needed new tools to navigate the seas.
Click the astrolabe to find out more about these
tools. Don’t forget to answer the question mate!
(To return back to the slide show click the Apple and
tab buttons)
An explorer list
you’ll see if you
click on Mr. C !
Choose the one
that suits you
best and move
along to do the
List of Explorers
Christopher Columbus
Vasco da Gama
Francisco Vasquez de Coronado
’Bartholomeu Dias
Marco Polo
Hernando Cortes
Vasco Nunez de Balboa
Henry Hudson
Ferdinand Magellan
Francisco Pizarro
Samuel de Champlain
Amerigo Vespucci
Juan Ponce de Leon
Hernando de Soto
Robert La Salle
Jacques Cartier
Data Disk Project
(Just the facts mate or the blah, blah, blah!)
You have received a data disk divided into 6 parts
with a circle in the center. In each section you
will put the following.
Center Circle: A picture of your explorer that
shows the head, neck and shoulders. Include
the birth and death dates and the name of your
explorer. Click on the explorer to find
information. ( Click on apple & tab to return to
the slide show.)
Section 1: Sponsor country and years of
exploration. Which country paid for the
exploration. Was the explorer from the same
country or did he sail for a new country. What
years did your explorer sail? Include a picture of
the sponsor country’s flag.
( Click on flagman to search for a flag. (use apple
& tab to return to the slide show.)
Section 2: Area Explored: Where did your explorer go? What
places did he find, map or explore? Include a drawing that
shows his route by land or sea. On a separate sheet of
construction paper draw a map of his route. Click on the map for
some maps of explorations. ( Click apple & tab to return to the
slide show)
Section 3 : Reason for Exploration: Why did he set sail? What
was he looking for? (Northwest Passage, wealth, claim land for
his country, gain knowledge of the New World etc.? Include a
picture of what he was searching for a picture of his ship.
Section 4: Accomplishments: Was your explorer successful?
Did he achieve what he originally set out to accomplish? Did he
find what he was looking for? If not what did he find or what
happened instead? Include a drawing or picture that represents
his findings.
Section 5: Significance Why are this explorer’s achievements important?
Why is he in history books? What was special about his exploration?
Include a picture of your explorer or something he is famous for.
Section 6: Interesting Information: This is your chance to share any
interesting facts you learned about your explorer during your research.
You can include information about your explorer’s childhood, jobs your
explorer had before he became an explorer, places named after your
explorer, interests or hobbies your explorer had, etc. Include a picture.
Rubric for finished project
All six sections of the
project include the
information as
indicated on the
direction sheet.
Colorful pictures are
included in each
The project is neatly
There may be more
detailed information
There is evidence that
the student went above
and beyond' to make
this project.
Spelling and grammar
is correct.
All directions followed.
All sections are filled in
and most of the
information is correct.
Colorful pictures are
included in each
The project is neatly
It is obvious the student
met all requirements.
Spelling and grammar is
Directions mostly
Good information in
most sections.
Some information might
be too basic or brief, or
spelling or grammar
mistakes made it a little
difficult to understand.
Pictures in the sections.
It is evident that you
read about your
Some directions
Other directions may
have been ignored.
Information may be too
basic or brief, or spelling
and grammar mistakes
make it difficult to
There is little evidence
that you read carefully
and made sure you
understood what you
read. The project may
seem incomplete.
You’re almost done. Now it’s time to have some fun!
Click on the picture to go to a website that has some games.
Click apple & tab to return to the slide show.
Sample of the project with different categories. Your project will look
similar but will have the categories that are included in this slide show.
Hope you did a good job!
Tired of the music?
Click the speaker to turn off
The End
Bye Bye………….

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