Columbus & Indigenous Peoples' Day - Reading, Writing, Art, Comprehension

Grade Levels
1st - 2nd
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2021 update includes a passage on Indigenous Peoples' Day. This current unit has grown to include a passage for those moving away from celebrating Columbus Day and moving toward celebrating the cultures here prior to explorers and settlers. This passage can also be used with prior materials to provide a more complete view of historical events. As we know better we do better.

Columbus, A European Explorer: These differentiated passages are perfect for fluency, comprehension, and close reading. I have included a full writing unit to help your students write the "perfect paragraph" including that tricky sense of closure! The darling art will bring this unit to life, delight your learners, and make your classroom beautiful!

This is a Social Studies informational passage on Christopher Columbus or Indigenous People's Day.

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  1. Lesson Plans for the week
  2. Four Differentiated Passages (1st-2nd grade) available in 4 different formats
  3. Art project (copy machine ready, no tracing) Directions are in words and pictures. Perfect for a substitute teacher.
  4. Bulletin Board lettering that says "Christopher Columbus"
  5. Full Writing unit
  • Brainstorming pages I put under the doc cam and complete with the kids
  • Vary your sentences! A brainstorming page of ways for kids to start their sentences.
  • Quick write for easy writing and grading
  • Themed writing pages with multiple line choices.

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Total Pages
50 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.


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