This website lays out a project idea that can be done with 4th graders. It is a student-led project that allows the students to become the explorers! Students are divided into groups and are assigned a different explorer. Their focus is to answer three big questions:
- What were my explorer’s reasons for exploration?
- What obstacles did my explorer face along the way?
- What were my explorer’s accomplishments?
After students complete the research, they can write first-person letters from the perspectives of their explorers, sharing detailed narratives of their adventures and experiences. Although this website presents this project as a 7 week project, it can be adapted to meet the needs of any particular classroom. It is a great way for students to actively participate and take charge of their own learning.