If you’re teaching about Christopher Columbus and you’d like to incorporate ELA standards into your plans, this document is for you! Students will use the information they learn about Columbus to create a Lift-the-Flap Question and Answer book that they’ll be able to take home and share with their family. Students will also pretend they’re an explorer and write about the 3 objects they’d take with them, and they’ll come up with character traits for Columbus.
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I’m an Explorer Too – Students write about the three objects they’d bring with them if they left for an exploration. This is a cute introductory activity and can be tied in to needs vs. wants.
Christopher Columbus’ Character Traits – Students write character traits around a picture of Columbus.
Character Traits – Use this if your students will need help coming up with different character traits about Columbus. Not all the traits on the list apply to Columbus, so they will need to discern between the traits. This list can be saved and used again the next time you discuss character traits!
Who, What, When, Where, Why – You can use this sheet two different ways. The first way, would be to use it as a note taking sheet while students are learning about Columbus. Or, you could have students write sample questions in each box related to Columbus – this would be a way to generate questions they could use to create their Question and Answer Book.
A Lift-the-Flap Question and Answer Book – After teaching about Columbus, students will create a question and answer book about the facts they learned. Each student will need a copy of this half-sheet. It will act as the cover of their book. I glued this sheet on top of a piece of construction paper that I folded in half.
Question 1, Question 2, Question 3, Question 4 – Each student will need 1 copy of each half-sheet question page. (So if you have 20 students, you’ll only need to make 10 copies of each question page.) Their book will consist of 4 pages – one devoted to each question.
Fold on the Dotted Line… - Each student will need one copy of this page. Have students cut out each box, fold the top part back, and glue the small folded section to the corresponding page in their book.
Christopher Columbus – Before the end of the day, attach this small sheet to the front cover of the Question and Answer book. This sheet states that students are required to take the book home and share it with their family as part of their homework requirement. My students really enjoy this step because they usually know more about Columbus than their family members!
Sample Question and Answers – Sample questions and answers just for you.