This resource includes reading passages and accompanying activities about an intriguing archaeological finding that might have connections to Columbus.
Christopher Columbus in the news! This is a great resource for helping students understand the relationship between history and modern events. It also encourages them to do solid research and helps them understand how research is crucial in the understanding of historical events.
In May of 2014 an underwater explorer claimed he had found the shipwreck of Columbus’s flagship, the Santa Maria. This resource looks at the background of the ship, the find by the underwater explorer, and if it is credible that it is indeed the Santa Maria. There are three passages, each with a “before you read” question; there is also a one page question sheet that includes a comprehension question for each passage, a short vocabulary activity, and an opinion question on the “ownership” of the find. The information included in the passages was found on reputable websites.
There are three additional activities:
1) Update: students research the internet for any updates on the topic and complete the organizer. The answer key for this activity includes two websites that would be helpful (and there are others online as well);
2) A “Underwater Archaeology Webquest” - students use a specific website to define underwater archaeology and to compare it to land archaeology and then choose a project from two other websites provided (one for Canadian project sites and one for American project sites) to complete the questions about the archaeological project;
3) A “Finding Words within Words” puzzle in which students find words within the phrase “Underwater Find”. Great for earlier finishers!
Answer keys are included for all objective questions. This product is part of a 6-resource bundle which can be seen here: Explorers to the Americas Bundle of 6 Items
Although I have not created any activities to go with it, YouTube has a short excerpt from a CNN news report about the shipwreck found by Barry Clifford which might be useful to show students. The URL is included.
This resource is part of a larger bundle of six exploration items which can be seen here:
Explorers to the Americas Bundle of 6 Items