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Columbus Day Teacher Resources

Columbus Day occurs on the second Monday in October. To find lessons, printables, and activities for all grades on this controversial explorer, browse the teaching resources below. You'll find cross-curricular Columbus Day resources for math, art, language arts, and more. Teach your students about the history of this holiday and debunk myths about Christopher Columbus. Students will learn about geography and the history of the New World as they track this explorer's travels.

Whiteboard Compatible Mini-Lessons

Explorers of North America Mini-Lesson
More Mini-Lessons

History Lessons

Who Writes History? Rethinking Columbus Day
Chart Columbus's Voyages

Slideshows

Favorite Columbus Day Activities Slideshow
Favorite Autumn Activities Slideshow (K-8)

Printables

All About Early Explorers
Explorer's Ship
Explorations and Explorers
Columbus Word Fill-In
Columbus's Discovery Maze
Columbus's First Voyage to the New World
Columbus Day Activities
More Popular Columbus Day Printables

Quizzes

Early America Quiz
Explorers Quiz
Famous Explorers Quiz
Women Adventurers Quiz

References

Christopher Columbus Facts
Just Where Was Columbus?
Myths About Explorers
The History of Columbus Day
Columbus's Voyages

Digital Books

Eye Wonder: Explorer
Eyewitness: Explorer

Columbus Day Language Arts Activities

Who Writes History? Rethinking Columbus Day
Pedro's Journal Literature Guide
Columbus Word Search
Columbus Wasn't First
The Story of Columbus Day
The Discovery of America
My Explorer Report About...
Grant for Christopher Columbus, 1492

Math Activities for Columbus Day

Columbus Day - Four Voyages
Columbus's Magic Sail
Get Ready to Sail
Set Design for "Pilgrims of Plymouth"

Geography Activities

Explorers' Routes
Chart Columbus's Voyages
Christopher Columbus' Journey
Christopher Columbus, A Space Pioneer
Where Was Columbus?

Explorers Resources

Poptropica Teaching Guide: Time Tangled Island
Favorite Columbus Day Activities Slideshow
Columbus's Unknown Legacy
Cork Ship Mobile
Columbus Sails the Ocean Blue
Explorers Word Search
More Explorers – Teacher Resources

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