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Columbus Day Teacher Resources

Columbus Day occurs on the second Monday in October. To find great lessons, printables, and activities for all grades on this important 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 have fun learning 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

The Story of Columbus Day
All About Early Explorers
Explorations and Explorers
Columbus Day Printable Book (2-5)
Columbus Word Search
Explorer's Ship
Columbus Day Activities
More Popular Columbus Day Printables

Quizzes

Famous Explorers Quiz
Early America Quiz
Explorers Quiz
Women Adventurers Quiz

References

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

Digital Books

Eyewitness: Explorer
Eye Wonder: Explorer

Columbus Day Language Arts Activities

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

Math Activities for Columbus Day

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

Geography Activities

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

Explorers Resources

Poptropica Teaching Guide: Time Tangled Island
Favorite Columbus Day Activities Slideshow
Columbus's First Voyage to the New World
Columbus Sails the Ocean Blue
Explorers Word Search
Columbus Discovers a New World
More Explorers – Teacher Resources

Highlights

Videos
Do your students love videos? We have a growing collection of videos (including related activities) for holidays and events, including: women's history, Memorial Day, Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, American History, and the environment. Enjoy!

May Calendar of Events
May is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Backyard Games Week (5/18-25), Buy a Musical Instrument Day (5/22), and Memorial Day (5/25). Plus, celebrate Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month, Inventors Month, Physical Fitness & Sports Month, and Water Safety Month!

Teaching with Comics: Galactic Hot Dogs
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guides to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series (chapters 1-4 and 5-8), as found on Funbrain.com, will take students on a cosmic adventure while engaging their creative minds. Plus, find even more activities for teaching with comics, featuring many other classic stories.

Now available: Galactic Hot Dogs in print! Buy it at bookstores now.

Poptropica Teaching Guides
Poptropica is one of the Internet's most popular sites for kids—and now it's available as an app for the iPad! It's not just a place to play games; each of the islands featured on the site provides a learning opportunity. Check out our teaching guides to four of Poptropica's islands: 24 Carrot Island, Time Tangled Island, Mystery Train Island, and Mythology Island.

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