7 Ways to Celebrate Columbus Day

7 Ways to Celebrate Columbus Day! This blog post has seven different ideas for teaching primary aged children about Christopher Columbus including books, videos, and other fun resources.
Looking for some ways to celebrate Columbus Day in your classroom?  Here are a few of my favorites:

7 Ways to Celebrate Columbus Day! This blog post has seven different ideas for teaching primary aged children about Christopher Columbus including books, videos, and other fun resources.1.  Work with Maps and Globes - Columbus Day is such a great opportunity to get the children acquainted with the globe. I think it's important that children can identify where they live on the globe. Our location is easy for the children to find. I have the children locate Cape Cod along the east coast of North America. We're not far north of that, and it's easy to locate. (I tell them to look for a flexed arm... they love to flex their own arms!) I usually use the globe to show how Columbus got from Italy to Spain, to San Salvador, and how he was actually trying to get to the East Indies, and "accidentally bumped into America". They get such a kick out of that!

7 Ways to Celebrate Columbus Day! This blog post has seven different ideas for teaching primary aged children about Christopher Columbus including books, videos, and other fun resources.2.  Books -  Speaking of the Columbus story, if you haven't seen the book, Encounter by Jane Yolen, you really need to check it out!  It's the story of the arrival of Columbus from a young native's point of view. The illustrations are beautiful, and it really makes the "other side" of the story quite clear.  Click the image to go to Amazon for more information about this amazing book!


3.  Videos - This Youtube video is a bit corny and dated, but it tells the basic story in a kid friendly way. HERE is a more up to date video from the History Channel.

7 Ways to Celebrate Columbus Day! This blog post has seven different ideas for teaching primary aged children about Christopher Columbus including books, videos, and other fun resources.4. Illustrate the story
Illustrating is a great way for children to deepen their understanding. I wrote this summary of the basic Columbus story for my students to illustrate. Click the image or click HERE for the link to Teachers Pay Teachers.
7 Ways to Celebrate Columbus Day! This blog post has seven different ideas for teaching primary aged children about Christopher Columbus including books, videos, and other fun resources.
5.  Common Sense Fun - Here are a couple of resources that will get the kids thinking. Click the images to see more!

7 Ways to Celebrate Columbus Day! This blog post has seven different ideas for teaching primary aged children about Christopher Columbus including books, videos, and other fun resources.

These are electronic task cards from BOOM Learning! The kids are going to love these!






7 Ways to Celebrate Columbus Day! This blog post has seven different ideas for teaching primary aged children about Christopher Columbus including books, videos, and other fun resources.
6.  Guided imagery - I like to do lots of guided imagery activities with my students. I'll tell the story, while the students go through the movements. I tell about the men saying goodbye to their families and getting on the ships, the long ride on the ship (including the bland food, storms at sea, and lack of clean water) finally sighting land, and getting off the ship, thinking they were in India. The kids love this, and brain research shows involving movement and gestures helps the memory!

7.  One more idea - Looking for one more way to celebrate Columbus Day? Take the day off!
 

6 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for these ideas! We are going to be starting our unit on exploration soon, and these will be perfect!

    ~Stephanie
    Teaching in Room 6

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  2. These are great ideas. I love the paper towel telescope idea! How fun! :)

    Rachel
    A-B-Seymour

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    1. Rachel,

      Thanks, I loved that one too!

      Sally

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  3. Columbus did not leave from Italy..... no wonder your kids get such a kick out of
    it. Please check your facts. However, you do have some excellent ideas.

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    1. Anonymous,

      Columbus sailed for Spain, but he was Italian. Sorry about the confusion.

      Sally

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