Lesson 5 of Volume III of The Mystery of History is entitled, "Dias and da Gama Round the Cape of Good Hope." It is about the two explorers, Bartolomeu Dias and Vasco da Gama, famous for being the first to round the cape, or southernmost tip, of Africa. This post details the other materials I used to supplement this lesson.
After reading from the text, we read more about these two in Usborne's See Inside Exploration and Discovery book (page 3) ...
... and on pages 7 and 18 of The Usborne Book of Explorers: From Columbus to Armstrong ("Round the Cape" and "Vasco da Gama and the Route to India," respectively).
We read even more about these two men in Around the World in a Hundred Years: From Henry the Navigator to Magellan by Jean Fritz (pages 32-35, 37, and 52-57) ...
... and on page 288 of The Usborne Encyclopedia of World History. (I love supplementing with Usborne books!)
It was sea monsters like the one pictured on this page (drawn by an early artist from that time period) that made so many fearful of traveling the southern seas around the cape.
Usborne's Sticker Dressing: Explorers sticker book features a page depicting da Gama (page 13, entitled, "The Route to India"). Mags was eager to dress him up for his trip south!
She loves these sticker books!
After our reading, I had her fill out an explorers sheet that I make on my computer. We fill these out for each explorer we learn about and they get added to our MOH/World Geography binder.
We then completed the 5A activity found on page 15 of the Companion Guide: Curriculum and Student Activities book, which challenges us to read and discuss Isaiah 40:22.
That verse points to the accuracy of God's Word, proclaiming the truth about the shape of the earth long before people in the 1400s were swearing it was flat.
Finally for this lesson, we completed our memory card and timeline figures for our timeline notebook and called it a wrap!