A History Exploration at Park Avenue

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After studying famous explorers, fourth-graders at Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School made life-size versions of these historical figures.

Students in Kelly Darling and Alexia Nyholm’s class learned about European explorers including Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan, Henry Hudson, Giovanni de Verrazzano and Samuel de Champlain. They split into groups, with each responsible for depicting one of those five explorers. Materials included construction paper, tin foil and yarn. 

Each group also had to create a manifest that included the explorer’s sponsoring country, planned destination and actual destination, along with a map of their route. Students learned about landmarks or natural features in the United States named for those pioneers.