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Explorers Trading Cards Project

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YOU have been selected to help design the newest line of trading cards! Your job is to create the first ever Explorer Trading Cards. These cards will look similar to Baseball cards, but instead of having batting averages, the cards will have facts about the explorers' major discoveries. Using the information that is provided below and other additional sources, you will select the information that will be printed on the cards for everyone to see. These cards will be sold nationwide beginning next year, so we need your help soon! Good luck! We look forward to seeing your final products!


                         The Task

Your task is as follows:

  • Using your Social Studies textbook, the Internet and other resources, locate the information required to answer the questions for the explorer you were assigned. This information will be organized on the back side of your card.
  • On the front side of the card, attach a picture of the explorer and a map of his route. Be sure to include the explorer's name. Decorate your card and make it look visually appealing.
  • Share your card with your classmates.


                    The Process

1. Research your explorer. Use the links (below) for help.


2. When you have thoroughly researched your explorer, fill out the back side of your trading card with

  • your explorer's name
  •  his year of exploration
  •  the country from which he is traveling
  •  his reason for exploring
  •  the area he discovered
  •  other interesting facts about him


3. Next, locate a picture of your explorer. (Google images may help.) On the front side of your card, attach a picture of your explorer and a map tracing his route.


4. The final step is to edit your card to make sure you have not made any writing errors. Then add the finishing touches by coloring and making the cards visually appealing. You must include the name of the explorer on top of his picture. Neatness counts!


Here are some sites where you can find information about explorers:

North American Exploration: http://www.eduplace.com/kids/socsci/books/applications/imaps/maps/g5s_u2/index.html














Your teacher will check your cards and grade them on the following:

  • the information is clear and complete
  • you have included the explorer's picture and a map tracing his route
  • the card is neatly done (colored, includes name of explorer and pic)

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