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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


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


All About Early Explorers
Columbus Wasn't First
Columbus's First Voyage to the New World
The Discovery of America
Explorer's Ship
Columbus Discovers a New World
Columbus's Discovery Maze
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?
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
The Story of Columbus Day
Columbus Word Search
Grant for Christopher Columbus, 1492
My Explorer Report About...

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
Where Was Columbus?
Christopher Columbus, A Space Pioneer
Columbus Day Activities

Explorers Resources

Poptropica Teaching Guide: Time Tangled Island
Favorite Columbus Day Activities Slideshow
Columbus Word Fill-In
Columbus Sails the Ocean Blue
Explorers Word Search
Cork Ship Mobile
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October Calendar of Events
October is full of events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Fire Prevention Week (10/4-10), Metric Week (10/4-10), World Space Week (10/4-10), Earth Science Week (10/11-17), Chemistry Week (10/18-24), Teen Read Week (10/18-24), Make a Difference Day (10/24), and Halloween (10/31). Plus, celebrate Bullying Prevention Month, Diversity Awareness Month, Learning Disabilities Month, and School Safety Month all October long!

Bullying Prevention Month
October is Bullying Prevention Month, and it's a crucial topic for teachers and administrators to address. Bullying can cause both physical and emotional harm, and it can range from inflicting physical abuse to cyber-bullying (the use of cell phones, social networking sites, and other forms of technology to cause emotional distress). Learn how to recognize several forms of bullying and teasing, and discover effective techniques for dealing with and preventing bullying in your classroom.

Happy Halloween! Kids love this holiday and all the spooky decorations, games, and stories that go along with it. (Not to mention the candy, of course!) Take advantage of their enthusiasm with classroom connections and fun activities.