Explorers’ Activity Menu
A1. Go to the textbook and find A2. What was the purpose of A3. Chart the route of Cortez’
the reasons why the Europeans Marco Polo’s exploration of conquest of Meso-America
explored. Write down the Asia? Rate on a scale of 1-10
reasons in a list and circle which how significant his exploration
were more significant. was.
B1. What were the reasons for B2. Explain why Marco Polo’s B3. What were the immediate
European exploration? Cite stories were hard to believe by impact of Cortes’ exploration
specific explorers and examples. the local Italians upon returning of Meso-America. Explain pros
In addition, cite the source. from his explorations. and cons.
C1. Why do modern explorers C2. How did western civilization C3. How did Cortes’
continue to explore? What is the benefit from Marco Polo’s exploration of Meso-America
benefit of further explorations? journeys? Did the Asians benefit affect the local populations?
Why should we continue to from contact with him? How did Christianity affect the
explore oceans, space, and Aztecs and contribute to their
medicine? being conquered?
Mark Bilbo / Fifth Grade-Fremont Elementary 1999