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Early Explorers PowerPoint

PDF, PowerPoint | 25 pages|Grade: 4

A 25 slide editable PowerPoint presentation to use when teaching students about the early explorers of Australia.

Use this PowerPoint presentation when learning about early explorers up to the late eighteenth century and when investigating contact with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people before 1788.

This PowerPoint presentation covers the following topics:

  • Why people explored
  • Terra Australis Incognita
  • Early exploration of the Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese and the Dutch.

This PowerPoint presentation includes:

  • informative slides
  • links to resources
  • whole class activities
  • independent tasks.

Early Explorers Vocabulary

explorer curious The New World
shipping Northern Hemisphere Southern Hemisphere
Christopher Columbus discoveries trade
Terra Australis Incognita Great Unkown Southern Land Zheng He
voyage Chinese Spanish
Portuguese Dutch Luis de Torres
Willem Janszoon New Holland navigate
Dirck Hartog Abel Tasman Anthony Van Diemen
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  NSW Curriculum alignment

  • HT2-2

    Describes and explains how significant individuals, groups and events contributed to changes in the local community over time

  • HT2-3

    Describes people, events and actions related to world exploration and its effects

  • HT2-4

    Describes and explains effects of British colonisation in Australia

  Australian Curriculum alignment

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Victoria (Teach Starter)

Hi Leah,
Thank you for your comment and bringing this to our attention.
We have removed the word ‘discovered’ and re-phrased Slide 5 to indicate that Christopher Columbus ‘stumbled upon’ the Americas.
We hope you find this resource useful in the classroom when teaching about the Early Explorers.
Kind regards,

Victoria (Teach Starter) · May 9th, 2017

Leah Wagner

Slide 5 needs rewording. Christopher Columbus did not discover ‘the Americas’.

Leah Wagner · May 8th, 2017

Resource Updates

  • Slide 5 has been re-phrased to indicate that Christopher Columbus 'stumbled upon' the Americas.

    Change by Victoria (Teach Starter) May 7th, 2017

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