Do you have to teach about Christopher Columbus in your standards? Columbus Day has been a controversial “holiday”. Yet it is history and we can teach the facts and allow students to form their own opinions/feelings. This resource will answer the following questions:
Did Columbus discover North America (or the United States)? Did he discover the world was round? Did they really believe they would sail off the edge of the earth? Was he really a hero? Why is there controversy surrounding Columbus? When did Columbus Day celebrations begin?
This resource includes an informational “teacher” book and student copies of the same. Students use the book for activities included in the resource which include:
for unfamiliar words. These are words that are highlighted and italicized in the informational reader.
which uses vocabulary from the reader
Close Reading Activity
where students use different color pencils/crayons/markers to underline information asked for. This can be used as an independent activity, center activity or for homework.
Columbus Day Poem
which can be used to teach specific skills or used for discussion about the controversy surrounding Columbus.
Fact or Opinion
students read statements and decide if they are fact or opinion
Choose the activity that is appropriate for the level/maturity of the students you teach (or use both).
This resource is part of the American History Bundle. For other individual American History resources, click on the links below:
American History, Civil War
American History, American Revolution
American History, Industrial Revolution
A Growing Nation
American History, Critical Period
The Critical Period
American History, Memorial Day
American History, Labor Day
American History, American Symbols
American History, Constitution Day
American History, Thanksgiving-The Real Story
Thanksgiving-The Real Story
American History, St. Patrick's Day in America
St. Patrick's Day in America
American History, Veterans Day
American History, History of the Pledge of Allegiance
History of the Pledge of Allegiance
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