Students chose a card that assigned them to an explorer group and gave each student a special job (24 cards…I was lucky that 2 of my 26 were absent the day we did this so it worked out perfectly!):
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Then it was time to get to work….
Our FINAL PRODUCTS:
Juan Ponce de Leon
Each group traced their explorer's route and filled out the information on the scroll. I'm sorry to say that I do not have a copy of the map (I made a copy from another teacher). However, here is a blank copy of the scroll:
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The best part of the project were the presentations! I video taped each group presenting and then posted the video to our Shutterfly class website. This will be such an excellent tool for them to view and study from at home. My students always love seeing themselves "star" in a movie. Here is the "trailer" I used during my Daily 5 mini lesson on "persuasiveness" and later in the day I showed them the main video.