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Christopher Columbus

by Mary Ann

TheHomeSchoolMom: Christopher Columbus Resources

Christopher Columbus is known for "discovering" America in 1492. An Italian explorer, Columbus was commissioned by Spain to find a trade passage to Asia. In 1492 he landed in the Bahamas and claimed the territory for Spain. Columbus was not the first to discover the Americas, but is credited with opening up the North American continent for European colonization.

Born - October 31, 1451

Died - May 20, 1506

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The Truth About Columbus  (T)
The Oatmeal details the truth about Columbus (and why Bartolome Day might be a more appropriate federal holiday) in this graphic.

Columbus Day Activities  (Y,M)

Columbus Day  (Y,M)
Commemorate the historic landing of Christopher Columbus in the Americas in 1492. Activities, crafts, games and cooking ideas to make the holiday special.

Christopher's Crossing  (Y)
Players must correctly answer questions about Christopher Columbus' first voyage. This allows them to spin the compass and roll the die as they move from Spain to the West Indies. The first player to land on San Salvador in the West Indies is the winner. Board game and questions included on webpage. Grades 3-5

Christopher Columbus and the conquistadors  (Y)
This unit will give students an understanding of how Columbus' discovery of the New World led other explorers from Spain to the new world and that these explorers, motivated by the desire for gold, conquered the existing ancient civilizations. Grade 1

Free Holiday Sampler Download  (T,Y,M)
Free from Teacher Vision, the Holiday Sampler contains worksheets about Christopher Columbus, Election Day, Halloween Pumpkin, Hallowed Areas, Happy Thanksgiving, Which Ones Are Your Turkeys, Make and Play the Dreidel Game

Columbus Day Activities  (Y)
DLTK's Crafts for Kids

Columbus Day Crafts and Activities  (Y)
Crafts projects for preschool, kindergarten and elementary school children. The crafts use materials found around the house. From EnchantedLearning.com.

Christopher Columbus  (Y)
From surfnetkids.com

Columbus Day Holiday Recommended Reading -  (Y,M)
Kids books that teach about Christopher Columbus.

Columbus Day Theme  (Y,M)
Pratt's Educational Resources and Online Store

Columbus Day  (Y,M)

Columbus Day  (Y,M)
From atozteacherstuff.com

Chart Columbus' Voyages  (Y,M,O,T)
Students learn map skills as well as the route of the explorer with this lesson plan from the Learning Network.

Columbus Day from a Native American Perspective  (Y,M)
Students learn how Columbus' discoveries effected the Native Americans. Students are asked to write a story about Columbus' first step on American ground from the Native American point of view.

Who writes history?  (M,O)
Students explore historical accuracy and why certain historical figures get credit for their accomplishments while others are forgotten.

Columbus' letter to the King and Queen of Spain  (M,O)
Transcript of a letter probably dated 1494. The text of this letter details suggestions for colonizing any islands, "both those already discovered and those that may be discovered hereafter."

Columbus' Voyage:  (Y,M,O,T)
From Enchanted Learning. Students learn geography and history by mapping Columbus' voyage and building small replicas of his three ships.

Who Discovered America  (O)
Excellent resources for a college level study of Columbus. Anyone wishing a serious study of the history of Columbus and North America should start with the questions found here.

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