March 12, 2014

New Explorers Lapbok

Hello everyone,

This year we started our unit studies on American History.   Our first unit study was on New World Explorers.  My kids finished this unit about a month or so ago and I’m just now getting around to posting about it.  This unit study is from Homeschool in the Woods.

While my kids worked on the explorers they had a lot of questions regarding the treatment of the Native Americans and Africans.  Some of these explorers were very cruel.  I had to sit and talk with my kids and explain to them that what they did was very wrong and unethical.  I had to explain to them that we do not mistreat people, and I reminded them of the story of the Prophet Muhammad(SAAS) and how he was mistreated.  But after all that he went through with those  people he would only ask Allah(SWT) to help and guide them.

So we continued on and the kids were busy working on the printable mini books of the explorers, map routes, navigational equipment and more.  It took us about 4-6 weeks to complete this study.  And we finally have it all put together.

This is the front cover of the lapbook.


 Inside view #1


This is a Navigational Equipment Wheel.  You turn the wheel to see the different navigational equipment the explorers used at that time.

Here is a close up of a couple of the instruments.



On the left side of Lapbook:



5 Reasons for Exploration Flap


Line of Demarcation

On the Right Side of Lapbook:


“Real Estate” Brochure


Sea Monster Pop-up(Legends that were believed at that time)

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Center Flap~Treasure Chest & Anatomy of a Ship


Anatomy of a Ship



Inside the Treasure Chest


The value of the coinage, reales, pieces of eight, and doubloons.


Inside View


The center pocket contains the maps the kids made with acetate overlays of the routes of the explorers.

These are all the explorer profiles.


Inside each they wrote their year of birth, which country they explored for, the years of their expedition, and discovery or interesting facts each explorer is known for.


All the explorers are color coded representing the country the were exploring for.

The kids are will begin working on Colonial Life next, before we begin the American Revolution.

Here is the link if you are interested in purchasing this program.



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