Marco Polo and Leif Erikson Lesson - This is part 1 of a 5 part hands-on unit on Explorers. Walk the route of Marco Polo (through the house) and collect the items he came across while in Asia. Make Viking bread, Viking helmets, shields, and swords and "sail" to Vineland (America) as Leif Erikson and his crew. And more!
The twelve included explorers are as follows: Leif Erikson, Marco Polo, Bartolomeu Dias, Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, Amerigo Vespucci, Vasco Nuñez de Balboa, Ferdinand Magellan, Juan de Ponce de León, Hernando de Soto, Francisco Coronado, and Jacques Cartier.
Leif Erikson - born 960 - 980 A.D. in Iceland - died 1020 in Greenland. He was a Viking Explorer and the first recorded European to set foot on the North American continent in the year 1000 A.D. in the area of northern Newfoundland, nearly 500 years before the discovery of the America's by Christopher Columbus in 1492.