Age of Exploration Timeline

The Age of Exploration was probably the most pivotal era in the world ever.  Europe discovered, colonized, traded with, and conquered nearly the whole world. You can make a wall timeline and add some important dates to it with the Age of Exploration timeline squares.

Age of Exploration Timeline

Cut apart the figures from the Age of Exploration Timeline along the lines and glue them in order to a long piece of paper.  I like using freezer paper from the grocery store along one wall in my schoolroom.  We add dates and images to our timeline all year so we can see how historical events and people overlap.

Age of Exploration Timeline

As we place the dates on the timeline we talk briefly about each one.

More From Layers of Learning

You can find lots more ideas for teaching about the exciting Age of Exploration in Layers of Learning Unit 3-1.

Layers of Learning Unit 3-1


  1. I love this year-long activity. I am having my students create “baseball cards” for explorers and this would be a great place to place them so the wall will be filled with student-made work ALL YEAR!!
    Thanks for this idea.

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