We're doing more on oceans, salt water, navigation, parts of ships, types of ships (caravels and a nao). We are going to read Carry On, Mr. Bowditch in another week or so, studying navigation techniques again; etc. We found a neat page called The Times of Mr. Bowditch.
We'll look into several tropical areas -- Jamaica, Canary Island, Cuba, San Salvador, the Azores, Dominican Republic, Bahamas, Puerto Rico...studying aspects of a tropical island life, such as flora and fauna, native dress and customs, and so forth.
We'll be looking at a study of wind currents, clouds, and sea/ocean life.
Here are some pages we're using or have used:
Sailing into the 19th Century
Sea Scholars Lessons Plans...a variety we have/will put to use
We are growing a bit weary of Christopher Columbus to tell the truth, and we will finish his adventures, but bring on Jamestown!!