Computer.pngJust because it's on the internet... doesn't mean that it's true! This site looks legit but is it?

L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site: Parks Canada

Vikings: Heritage Minutes (Historica Canada) (video)

Vikings: Heritage Radio Minutes (Historica Canada) (sound only)

Write Your Name in Runes: NOVA (interactive)

Pirate Quiz for Kids - BBC

Pirate Quiz for Kids - British Council

Sailing Knots - Boat Safe Kids (follow the step by step instructions to tie at least 2 knots - tape them to a piece of loose leaf and label them with the knot's name then tell what both of these knots are best used for)

compass.pngList of Internet Sites - Explorers of Canada (access through the Library part of our school website at school - no password needed!)

Pathfinders & Passageways: The Exploration of Canada


(Thanks to H.Dupuis and L. Loewen for many of these links)

Franklin Expedition - 2Learn

Northwest Passage Song: Stan Rogers

Caravel Ships - Enchanted Learning

Timeline Interactive -

Primary and Secondary Resources - Collections Canada (an explanation of primary and secondary resources)

Light_Bulb.gifOur Thinking (Jan. 15/15)


Reasons: to have somewhere else to live, food, to trade with other people, to make money, to claim land, to become famous, to understand the land's qualities, to find things/discover (e.g. gold, new land), to look for animals, to look for medicine

Qualities of Explorers: curious (to find new things/things), friendly, brave, want to be famous, want more money/to get money, want things (e.g. spices), in good shape, know something about sailing


Real: icebergs, pirates, storms/rough weather (wind, water spouts), waves, whirlpools, disease, skin conditions (including poison ivy and poison oak), unfriendly inhabitants (Aboriginals), bad tasting food, not enough food (starvation)

Imagined: sea monsters (e.g. Kraken - a legendary sea monster off the coast of Norway and Greenland), falling off the edge of the world (flat earth), dragons, boiling water at the equator, flying creatures (squid, sharks), ghosts


Transportation: cars, planes, motorized boats,

Technology: computers, robots, video games, Netflix, laptops, cellphones, television, iPads, iPods, ...

Communication: telephone/cellphone, social media (Twitter, kik, Instagram, facebook, Pinterest, flickr, ...)

Medicine: medicines that taste better (easier to swallow), more choices, antibiotics, a better understanding of medicines to use to treat different things (e.g. Ritalin)

Food: more variety

??Other??: variety of clothes and fabrics


Anyone exploring/discovering new places/things and/or ways of doing things: astronauts, archaeologists, marine biologists, artists, scientists, athletes (hockey players, gymnasts), miners, doctors, paleontologists, artists, scientists, pilots, ...


Start by browsing info about explorers (use books, websites, dvds, etc.). Record your thinking on the "Pre-Search" sheet.

Once you've decided on an explorer to learn more about, record your thoughts on the "Things I Think I Know and Things I Want to Know" sheet.

Our List of Reasons Why Explorers Came to 'Canada' (Class Discussion: April 3, 2012)

- they got there by accident
- it was a good source of wood (Vikings) - for building ships, homes, fires; a new place to settle
- it had lots of fish (sources of food)
- gold and other precious metals
- to claim land/expand their empire
- to convert (change) Aboriginal people to European faiths/beliefs
- they were trying to find a path to Asia - the Northwest Passage (spices, jewels, etc.)
- beaver and other furs (clothing)
Now, select 2 of the reasons from our list, and make a fact poster for each. Be sure to meet this critieria:

FACT SLIDES USING POWERPOINT (These will be used in our Animoto video!)

Select the part(s) that most interest you and create 'slides' to share facts. There are 4 main parts:
-reasons for exploration (gold/precious metals, fur, fish, convert to European faith/belief, claim land, found while searching for a Northwest Passage to the orient)
-explorer facts (Martin Frobisher, John Franklin, Henry Hudson, Jacques Cartier, Samuel de Champlain, Humphrey Gilbert, John Cabot, ??)
-relationship between first peoples and Europeans (hunting/trapping for food/clothing, snowshoeing and canoeing, natural medicines - cure for scurvy)
-hardships encountered during travel (weather, getting lost/off course, starvation, disease, attack from 'enemies' - pirates)

Our 'Combined Effort' Video (created from PowerPoint slides featuring selected facts from some of our work in the unit)