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Christopher Columbus ships

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

All About Early Explorers
Explorer's Ship
Columbus Word Search
Columbus Day Printable Book (2-5)
The Discovery of America
The Story of Columbus Day
Columbus Day - Four Voyages
More Popular Columbus Day Printables

Quizzes

Early America Quiz
Famous Explorers Quiz
Explorers Quiz
Women Adventurers Quiz

References

Christopher Columbus Facts
Myths About Explorers
Just Where Was Columbus?
Columbus's Voyages
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
Grant for Christopher Columbus, 1492
Columbus Wasn't First
My Explorer Report About...

Math Activities for Columbus Day

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
Christopher Columbus, A Space Pioneer
Columbus's Discovery Maze
Columbus Day Activities
Where Was Columbus?

Explorers Resources

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

Highlights

Children's Choice Book Awards
We love books! Encourage students to vote for their favorite children's book, author, and illustrator of the year at Funbrain and Poptropica. Teens can make their picks too. Read the complete list of nominated books, as well as related activities, and get voting!

April Calendar of Events
April is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: April Fool's Day (begins 4/1), Passover (begins sundown 4/3), Easter (4/5), Name Yourself Day (4/9), Encourage a Young Writer Day (4/10), Library Week (4/12-18), Volunteer Week (4/12-18), Holocaust Remembrance Day (begins sundown 4/15), Poison Prevention Week (4/15-21), Earth Day (4/22), Tell a Story Day (4/27), International Jazz Day (4/30). Plus, celebrate Deaf History Month (3/15-4/15), Mathematics Education Month, National Poetry Month, and Youth Sports 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.

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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