Saturday, July 29, 2017

Marco Polo Travels East

Lesson 71 of Volume II of The Mystery of History (MOH) is "Marco Polo Travels East."
We often use The Usborne Encyclopedia of World History to accompany our lessons.  For this one, we turned to pages 272-273 to learn about some of these explorers, like Polo, who traveled east all those years ago.
 We love the colorful illustrations in this book!
And we always learn extra little tidbits from this book that supplement the lesson.  For example, this image shows what Marco Polo described as "a man-monster with a single foot."  Strange!
We recently (just before this lesson) studied Marco Polo extensively when we explored China in our Geography course.  (You can find that post at

In that post, we used Usborne's See Inside: Exploration and Discovery to read about the Silk Route ("Ancient Explorers," page 1) and about Polo's journey ("Going the Distance," page 2).
We also read about Marco Polo in Profiles from History: Stories of Those Who Are Worthy of Remembrance by Ashley M. Wiggers (pages 9-12).  We then completed the fun puzzles about Polo on pages 14-16 of this book, including a fill-in-the-blank, true and false, word search, and crossword.
We continued our study on pages 16-17 of The Usborne Book of Explorers: From Columbus to Armstrong by Felicity Everett and Struan Reid.
Once our reading was done, we completed an "Explorers" fact sheet which I made on my computer for all the explorers we are learning about in our Geography curriculum.  (This was added to our MOH/Geography binder behind the "Asia: China" tab.)
Before even that past post on China, we had studied Marco Polo when we rowed the FIAR (Five in a Row) book, Papa Piccolo.  (That book study can be found at  At that time, we watched a short video on Polo from The History Channel, then completed pages 6-7 out of our Usborne Sticker Dressing: Explorers sticker book, depicting Polo with two Chinese officials.
Looks great, Mags!
Happy studying!

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