Christopher Columbus | Indigenous Peoples Day Activity

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This social studies teaching lesson includes three activities to use to enhance your Christopher Columbus, National Indigenous Peoples Day or a unit on European explorers. Activities use the picture books, Encounter by Jane Yolen to teach students of the treatment of the Native American Taino tribe by the explorers.

Check out this flipbook activity by clicking here.

Students will:

  • Learn an alternate point of view about Christopher Columbus based on the Taino people
  • Enhance higher level learning skills of foreshadowing, making inferences, and determining author's purpose
  • Demonstrate their ability to compare and contrast, identify figurative language, and write a summary

Included, you will receive:

  • DIGITAL GOOGLE SLIDE VERSION of the activity is not included!
  • Before reading activity to brainstorm what students already know about Christopher Columbus followed with an after reading activity to compare their background knowledge with what they learned through the reading.
  • Graphic organizer that has students respond as a member of the Taino tribe
  • Comprehension questions that to assess learning as well as their knowledge of author's purpose, foreshadowing and making inferences within the text
  • A flipbook to review similes and metaphors, foreshadowing, compare and contrast, and summarization
  • Rubric to assess student flipbook
  • "How to Use" sheet and answer key are also included

Check out this feedback from happy customers.

  • Great way to share history with my 6th grade students through the use of picture books.
  • Thank you for another great resource!
  • Great book, great resource
  • Great thanks! Love this book for when we do Native Americans and Explorers in 4th grade!


Check out my European Explorers Unit: click here

Other resources to support this unit.

Columbian Exchange

European Colonization Packet


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Total Pages
8 plus answer key
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 days
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