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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


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


All About Early Explorers
Explorer's Ship
The Discovery of America
Set Design for "Pilgrims of Plymouth"
Columbus Word Search
Cork Ship Mobile
Columbus Day Printable Book (2-5)
More Popular Columbus Day Printables


Early America Quiz
Famous Explorers Quiz
Explorers Quiz
Women Adventurers Quiz


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

Digital Books

Eye Wonder: Explorer
Eyewitness: Explorer

Columbus Day Language Arts Activities

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

Math Activities for Columbus Day

Columbus's Magic Sail
Columbus Day - Four Voyages
Get Ready to Sail

Geography Activities

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

Explorers Resources

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

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