Not your Grandma's New World Explorer Project!
Capture student interest in exploration by recreating the voyage of Christopher Columbus on Google Earth. Download my my Google Earth Lit Trip for Pedro's Journal for implementation. http://www.googlelittrips.com/GoogleLit/K-5/Entries/2011/11/28_Pedros_Journal_by_Pam_Conrad.html
2 Direct Instruction
Use Tim and Moby to explore the life of Christopher Columbus and to inspire students to consider how they can create their own animated story.
3 Guided Practice
Use World Book Online as well as Follett Shelf's "Enlight" app to provide research opportunities for each student to delve into the history of a different New World explorer.
4 Independent Practice
Use Edmodo's "Go Animate" app to help students create an explorer biography.
Share student Go Animate biographies on Edmodo. Create a method for each animation to receive at least one or two positive comments from students.