Bold Explorers Homeschool Course for Elementary-Middle School

Bold Explorers

Length: 7 Weeks
Includes: Printable Lessons
Age/Grade: Elementary – Middle School

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Bold Explorers looks at the lives of more than thirty explorers and is divided into thirty-five short readings. Most sections include a writing or research prompt for further study; a few include hyperlinks for more information or a hands-on activity. Several well-known explorers are discussed as well as dozens of lesser-known explorers.

Course Introduction

Bold Explorers looks at the lives of more than thirty explorers and is divided into thirty-five short readings. Each section includes the name of the explorer, the name of the nation that sent him, and a summary of his accomplishments. Most sections end with a writing or research prompt for further study; a few include hyperlinks for more information or a hands-on activity. At the conclusion of the unit, you will find an additional hands-on activity, a fill-in-the-blank worksheet, and a multiple choice quiz.

You are encouraged to use this unit however it fits best with your family’s schedule. You can work through it in a few days or divide it over the course of several weeks (such as doing one section a day for seven weeks).

  • Antonio Alaminos: Discovered of the Gulf Stream
  • Fabian von Bellingshausen: Circumnavigated Antarctica
  • Pedro da Covilha: Traveled the Indian Ocean and Eastern Ports
  • Neil Armstrong: First Man on the Moon
  • Semyon Dezhnev: Discovered the Bering Strait
  • Edward John Eyre: First East-West Transcontinental Crossing of Australia
  • Percy Harrison Fawcett: Explored Bolivia and the Jungles of Brazil
  • John Smith: Founded Jamestown, Virginia
  • Marie Joseph Garnier: Explored Southeast Asia
  • Sven Hedin: Explored Central Asia
  • John and Sebastian Cabot: Explored the New World
  • Alejandro Malaspina: Explored for Knowledge
  • Matthew Perry: Journey to Japan
  • Samuel de Champlain: Founded the City of Quebec
  • Jakob Le Maire: Explored Trade Routes
  • Robert John McClure: Northwest Passage
  • Gustav Nachtigal: Explored the Sahara
  • Francisco de Orellana: Amazon River
  • Meriwether Lewis and William Clark: Headed West
  • Vincente Yáñez Pinzón: Central America and Parts of Brazil
  • Pedrode Quirós: Vanuatu and the South Pacific
  • Jacob Roggeveen: Easter Island
  • Georg August Schweinfurth: Upper Nile River
  • James Cook: Australia
  • Jacques-Yves Cousteau: Ocean Depths
  • Abel Janszoon Tasman: Tasmania
  • Ferdinand Magellan: Circumnavigated of the Globe
  • Francisco de Ulloa: Gulf of California
  • George Vancouver: Pacific Coast of North America
  • Christopher Columbus: New World Exploration
  • Samuel Wallis: Tahiti
  • Francisco Xeres: The History of Pizarro
  • Yermak Timofeyevich: Siberia
  • Edwin Eugene “Buzz” Aldrin: Landed on the Moon
  • David Livingstone: The Heart of Africa and Her People

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