Discovering Great Explorers of the Renaissance


The Renaissance was an age of exploration and discovery, and what explorers found changed the world in many ways, both good and bad. With Discovering Great Explorers of the Renaissance, a publisher-approved Notebook Companion™ to The Renaissance Explorers (sold separately), your students can learn about the lives of five men who changed the world through their work and discoveries.

164 black and white pages | for grades 5 and up

The Renaissance Explorers by Nomad Press is sold separately.

*Digital Product - purchase one per household only.

Discovering Great Explorers of the Renaissance


During the Renaissance, much of the world as we know it today had either not been discovered or had not been deeply explored. Courageous explorers set out to learn what lay beyond the known. Some did it for noble reasons, others did it for profit, and some did it for a combination of reasons. Your students can meet five such individuals with our no-prep, open-and-go Notebook Companion™.

Just grab a copy of The Renaissance Explorers (sold separately), our Notebook Companion™, and a pen or pencil and get ready for adventures around the world. With this unit, your kids can meet:

  • Niccolò de’ Conti
  • Bartolomeu Dias
  • Vasco da Gama
  • Pêro da Covilhã
  • Ferdinand Magellan

What’s Included

Through engaging text, students will learn about the lives of these five men and what they discovered. They’ll have the opportunity to sketch, develop their written narration skills by answering our open-ended questions, and choose from a large variety of additional, optional projects to complete such as:

  • completing map work assignments related to each explorer
  • creating a timeline of each individual’s life
  • creating a master timeline covering all the people in the unit
  • completing glossary pages for building vocabulary skills
  • copying quotes by or about each individual to create journal pages
  • trying various hands-on projects
  • illustrating scenes comic book-style from the lives of the key figures
  • completing a biography sheet for each individual

Discovering Great Explorers of the Renaissance notebooking pages

In addition to learning about the key figures covered, they can also learn about explorer Zheng He, what life was like as a squire or a sailor, and much more.

Additional notebooking pages are included for going even deeper, and an Answers Index is also provided.

The Renaissance Explorers by Alicia Z. Klepeis, Published by Nomad Press

Our Notebook Companion™ accompanies The Renaissance Explorers, published by Nomad Press and sold separately. Discovering Great Explorers of the Renaissance Notebook Companion™ was created with the publisher’s permisson.

The Renaissance Explorers by Nomad Press

Who were the Renaissance explorers? How did they change the world?

Being a Renaissance explorer wasn’t just exciting and rewarding; it was also challenging and dangerous. Explorers in the Age Of Exploration had to face many obstacles and dangers as they ventured into uncharted territories. Some explorers got sick, while others fought with natives over control of the land. Without the efforts of these Renaissance explorers, the world would probably be very different today!

Readers ages 10 through 15 learn about the lives of five famous explorers, including Nicolaus Copernicus, Christopher Columbus, Vasco da GAMA, Pedro Alvares Cabral, and Ferdinand Magellan. They also discover how these explorers’ journeys began and ended, and how they influenced the world around them.

The Renaissance Explorers is more than just a book to read! Included are 10 hands-on STEAM activities, fun facts, great illustrations, and links to online resources to further study the Renaissance period.

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