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5th Grade Explorer Brochure Project


Enchanted Learning Zoom Explorers
Explorers A to Z
Explorers (Mr.
Explorers (CyberSleuth Kids)

Getting Started:
First, get to know about your explorer. Read as much information about your explorer as you can find. Use the websites on this page or search for information on your own using an encyclopedia, a book on your explorer or do your own search on the Internet.

As you're reading about your explorer, take notes on key information, such as when vital explorations took place, where the explorer went, what was hoped to be accomplished by the exploration, what the outcome of the exploration was, what vehicles were used, the life of the explorer, and sketch the route(s).

  • What the Explorer Did: Clearly summarize what the explorer did. Describe the vehicles used in the exploration? Did other people accompany the explorer?

  • When and Where: Give the major date(s) of the exploration. When did the expedition start and where did it begin? List major events that occurred during the trip. When and where did the trip end? If possible, draw a map of the route.

  • More on the Trip: Describe the vehicle(s) used in the exploration (and other supplies). Did other people accompany the explorer? Did something interesting happen during the trip?

  • Who Sent the Explorer?: Was the explorer sent/funded by a king/queen, a president, a private group, or was the explorer self-funded?

  • The Importance of the Exploration: Why was this exploration important? Did it open trade routes, establish territory, obtain wealth, create maps, set world records, spread religious beliefs, advance science, or something else?

  • The Explorer's Life: Describe the life of the explorer. When and where was the explorer born? (This isn't always known.) When and where did the explorer die? Were the parents wealthy or poor. Did other interesting things happen during the life of this explorer? Did the explorer publish autobiographical information?

The Structure of your Explorer Brochure:

Don’t forget to cite your references by including a bibliography.

Check that your grammar, spelling, and punctuation are correct. Make sure to use complete sentences! Proofread your brochure for errors before you print.

Citing Your References: When you write your bibliography, list all of your references. Formats for each type of publication follows (there are different formats for different media):

  • Web Site: Author(s) if appropriate. Title of Site or web page. URL of site, date of publication (the earliest copyright year listed).

  • Book: Author(s). Title of book. Edition. Location of publisher: Name of Publisher, year of publication.

  • Encyclopedia: Title of encyclopedia, volume of encyclopedia used. Location of publisher: Name of Publisher, year of publication, pages where the article is located.

  • Magazine or Journal: Author(s). "Title of article." Name of magazine, Volume.issue (date): pages where the article is located.

Author(s) are listed last name first, first name or initials (as cited in the publication).

For example: "Zoom Explorers" would be cited as follows:

Col, Jeananda. Zoom Explorers. 1999.

For more on EnchantedLearning's bibliography and author, click here.

Another format for Internet sources is as follows:

Last name, First name of author. Title of Page. Name of the publisher ( in our case). Date the page was created (at Enchanted Learning, this is the earliest date on the copyright notice located at the bottom of each page), Date of revision (at Enchanted Learning, we do not keep track of page revisions).

Some teachers also request that you include the date of access; this is the date (or dates) that you went to the web page (or pages).

The Following is a Rubric For Assessing each Part of Your Research Report:








Disorganized, no information on what is to come

Gives too little information.

Summarizes report

Concise, well-written introduction


Research Part 1 (describe the explorer's routes, important events and dates, vehicles used)

Does not cover all appropriate topics

Covers some of the appropriate topics.

Covers most of the appropriate topics.

All appropriate topics covered well. Also includes interesting facts.


Research Part 2 (explains the importance of the trip, who sent the explorer, describes the life of the explorer (if known), includes map of the route)

Does not cover all appropriate topics

Covers some of the appropriate topics.

Covers most of the appropriate topics.

All appropriate topics covered well. Also includes interesting facts.



Many spelling and grammatical errors

A few errors

Only one or two errors

Spelling and grammar perfect



Illegible, messy

Almost illegible

Legible writing, accompanying illustrations

Well organized presentation, typed or written using a word processor, accompanying illustrations



No references

A single reference, incomplete citation

Several references with incomplete citations

Many references, listed in appropriate format



Over a week late

A week late

A day or two late

Handed in on time



Writing an Explorer Report plus Rubric

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