Unit Study: Explorers (Ships of the Age of Discovery)

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In the years between the adventures of Marco Polo and the sailing of Christopher Columbus there were some important changes in ship design. On Thursday we looked at how a change in rigging made it possible for ships to sail in other directions than before the wind and created a mobile of ship types from the Age of Discovery.

I had the children hold a piece of paper while blowing on it. They experimented with holding it at different angles while keeping the "wind" coming from the same direction

I had the children hold a piece of paper while blowing on it. They experimented with holding it at different angles while keeping the “wind” coming from the same direction

I had them color and cut out six different ship types.

I had them color and cut out six different ship types.

Bull wanted to color a ship too, so I adapted his Bible story lesson of Jesus Calming the Storm.

Bull wanted to color a ship too, so I adapted his Bible story lesson of Jesus Calming the Storm.

Once the ships were colored and cut out, I laminated them and we strung them up.

Once the ships were colored and cut out, I laminated them and we strung them up.

I also cut and laminated Bull's picture adding storm clouds and waves cut from construction paper.

I also cut and laminated Bull’s picture adding storm clouds and waves cut from construction paper.

We left them hanging in the living room for S to admire, then moved them into the playroom and the boys’ room for more permanent display.

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