I. Why We Explore
Students brainstorm and write about why people explore the world
about them. Why did the people who came to be known as the Polynesians leave
the world of continents and large islands in the Western Pacific to explore
a vast unknown Ocean, discovering and settling small islands to the east
and becoming the greatest explorers of their time? (Was their motive love
of adventure? Or curiosity about the unknown oceanic space at the eastern
frontier? Was the impetus for exploration population growth and a search
for new land and resources? Or conflicts in the home country, with those
defeated forced to leave? Why do we explore today?
Possible Activities: Students conduct explorations of their
communities. Ask students to think about, discuss, or write about the following:
Where would you like to explore if you could explore anywhere, real or imaginary?
Why would you look to explore that place? What benefit would exploration
of that place have for you, or for your family or community? How would you
go about conducting your exploration? How would you keep your exploration
If one of the places selected for exploration is in the neighborhood,
the class could make an actual visit and carry out the exploration (under
the supervision of teachers and parents for young children).
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