Below are some pictures from our Explorers unit. In Virginia the 4 explorers students have to know in third grade are Columbus, de Leon, Cartier, and Newport.
Unit Title Page and Table of Contents
Vocabulary/Brain pics & KWL
Explorer Writing Prompt/Route Map
Explorer Grid/Columbus Flipbook
Explorer Annotated Diagram (ex. eyes to look for gold, hands to steal land, etc.) & Venn Diagram
Ponce de Leon flipbook & Cartier Brochure
Newport Brochure & Route Map
Envelope for Explorer Postcards & Affects on Indians page
Front of Explorer Postcards
Back of Explorer Postcards
I collect and grade the notebooks at the end of each unit. I grade 5-8 of the most important assignments and then I take an overall notebook grade for the rest of the work (completion, effort, neatness, etc.).