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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 Discovery of America
All About Early Explorers
Explorations and Explorers
Columbus Word Search
Where Was Columbus?
Explorer's Ship
Columbus's First Voyage to the New World
More Popular Columbus Day Printables

Quizzes

Early America Quiz
Famous Explorers Quiz
Explorers Quiz
Women Adventurers Quiz

References

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

Digital Books

Eyewitness: Explorer
Eye Wonder: Explorer

Columbus Day Language Arts Activities

Pedro's Journal Literature Guide
Who Writes History? Rethinking Columbus Day
Columbus Wasn't First
The Story of Columbus Day
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

Chart Columbus's Voyages
Explorers' Routes
Christopher Columbus' Journey
Christopher Columbus, A Space Pioneer
Columbus's Discovery Maze
Columbus Day Activities

Explorers Resources

Poptropica Teaching Guide: Time Tangled Island
Columbus Word Fill-In
Columbus Sails the Ocean Blue
Explorers Word Search
Cork Ship Mobile
Columbus's Unknown Legacy
More Explorers – Teacher Resources

Highlights

Teaching Racism & Discrimination in America
The issues of racism, prejudice, and discrimination have plagued the United States since it was founded, and racially motivated killings still occur with frequency today. Help your students understand the historical contexts of racism—with references on slavery, immigration, and the civil rights movement—to frame your conversation on modern instances of prejudice.

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.

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 (and now in print!), 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.

July Calendar of Events
July is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Canada Day (7/1), Independence Day (7/4/1776), World Population Day (7/11), Bastille Day in France (7/14), National Ice Cream Day (7/19), First Moon Landing (7/20/1969), World War I Began (7/28/1914), Author J.K. Rowling's Birthday (7/31/1965). Plus, celebrate Read an Almanac Month and Recreation and Parks Month all July long!

Videos
Interested in using different types of media in your classroom? We have a growing collection of videos, with related activities, for holidays and events, including: Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, and the environment. Enjoy!

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