This is a document I created for students to research who should be given credit for discovering the Americas.
I have provided it in color and black/white.
This is the order I do this activity:
1- Students give their initial thoughts
2- Students read the three different points of view (included) where
different pieces of evidence are presented for each of the three
sides (Columbus, the Vikings, and the Chinese). The evidence
presents pros and cons.
3- Students complete a table where they list the pros and cons for
each of the three categories.
4- Each student decides which side they agree with and writes down
5- Groups of students are put together to fill out three parts to help
them in their debate
6- Class debate
Look at the preview to get a good idea of what this activity entails.
*I did this in third grade which was beneficial, but they needed a lot of help (they did do well in the end, but I had to work a lot with each group for most of them to really understand it). This might be better reserved as a project for gifted learners to differentiate instruction. This may also be difficult for some fourth graders. I think most fifth and sixth graders would do great with it.
The beautiful ship on the cover page was found at the artist's store listed below: