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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

All About Early Explorers
Cork Ship Mobile
Explorer's Ship
The Discovery of America
Columbus Wasn't First
Explorers Word Search
Columbus's Discovery Maze
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
Who Writes History? Rethinking Columbus Day
Columbus Word Search
My Explorer Report About...
The Story of Columbus Day
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 Day Activities
Where Was Columbus?

Explorers Resources

Poptropica Teaching Guide: Time Tangled Island
Favorite Columbus Day Activities Slideshow
Columbus's First Voyage to the New World
Columbus Word Fill-In
Explorations and Explorers
Columbus's Unknown Legacy
More Explorers – Teacher Resources

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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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