European Explorers

Grade 5 English Language Arts & Social Studies

Resource 1

Taylor-Butler, Christine. (2008). Explorers of north america. New York: Children's Press.

In this informational text, Taylor-Butler present a historical description of early European explorers beginning in 970 with Leif Erikson and ending with the lesser known women of exploration in 1947. This text provides illustrations and captions to guide the reader through each chapter. Lexile: 650

Resource 2

Krull, K., & Hewitt, K. (2014). Lives of the explorers: Discoveries, disasters (and what the neighbors thought). Boston: HMH Books for Young Readers.

In the form of a narrative, Krull and Hewitt detail many explorers, men and women, throughout history. These explorers include Sacajawea, Columbus, Sally Ride, Magellan, Lewis and Clark, and many others. The authors present personal details of the lives of the explorers in addition to facts about their journeys. Lexile: 1050

Resource 3

Fifer, Barbara. (2005). A whole new world. Glenview: Pearson Education.

This informational text describes commonly known European explorers and countries including motivations for exploration. Pictures of explorers are included with brief captions. Lexile: IG810

Resource 4 [infographic] (n.d.). The Age of Exploration: Life on the open seas. Retrieved from

This infographic displays the day to day tasks of life for men during the time of exploration as well as the food rations allotted on the ship during the journey. Many men faced negative effects from living on the sea.

Resource 5

Pearson- Prentice Hall. [interactive map] (n.d). Early voyages of exploration 1492-1609. Retrieved from

This interactive map allows students to select a European explorer in order to view their route of exploration. The route will become highlighted on the map along with a summary paragraph of this explorer.