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Whether you are celebrating Columbus Day or learning about famous explorers, this collection of reviewed resources all related to Christopher Columbus provides an excellent starting point for research, class projects, and more. You may also be interested in the TeachersFirst’s exclusive lesson plan The Explorers' Graveyard

 

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Columbus Day - Myvocabulary.com

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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, MyVocabulary.com has added a themed area for Columbus Day. Find interactive vocabulary activities using Columbus Day...more
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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, MyVocabulary.com has added a themed area for Columbus Day. Find interactive vocabulary activities using Columbus Day vocabulary words. You will also find printable crosswords, fill in the blanks and more, all using the same theme words. This and other "themes" available on the site will make vocabulary development fun.

tag(s): columbus day (11), holidays (129)

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Use this site to reinforce and support vocabulary as you study Columbus Day. Share the word puzzles on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students create their own word activities from the same vocabulary list, such as matching or ranking challenges for their peers to try on the interactive whiteboard.

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Beacon Learning Center Books On-line - Beacon Learning Center

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Beacon Learning Center Books On-line offers several books relating to social studies topics such as Franklin Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, Christopher Columbus, George Washington, Abraham...more
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Beacon Learning Center Books On-line offers several books relating to social studies topics such as Franklin Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, Christopher Columbus, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, the Declaration of Independence and many more historical events. Amid the social studies books is one on simple machines, as well. The on-line books consist of text and pictures. Students read at their own pace by choosing when to go to the next page. Some books have audio, so make sure the speakers are turned on.

tag(s): columbus day (11), holidays (129), jefferson (16), lincoln (80), presidents (112), roosevelt (9), washington (30)

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The on-line books would provide wonderful non-fiction literature opportunities for center time or as an activity as part of your presidents unit. Weaker readers or learning support students will benefit from those with audio. The book topics make them great supplements for holidays such as Columbus Day and President's Day. Place the link on your teacher web page and assign the books as homework if your students have Internet access.
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Reader's Theater: Columbus Day

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This website provides a simple Reader's Theater script about Columbus Day. There are enough parts in the script to involve all of your students. ...more
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This website provides a simple Reader's Theater script about Columbus Day. There are enough parts in the script to involve all of your students.

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Columbus Day History and Information

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Christopher Columbus and Columbus Day are celebrated at this website. The site offers easy to read information plus word puzzles (provided at three difficulty levels). There is also...more
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Christopher Columbus and Columbus Day are celebrated at this website. The site offers easy to read information plus word puzzles (provided at three difficulty levels). There is also an audio clip.

tag(s): columbus day (11)

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Teachers can either complete this activity as a class or save it and use it as a learning center. If using it as a class, bring the page up on the interactive whiteboard or projector and have students take turns reading aloud the story. Afterwards have students complete the puzzles offered at the end of the site via printed pages or as a class on the interactive whiteboard. As a learning center, have students read through the information individually or in pairs and complete the puzzles at the end as an assessment of what they read.

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European Voyages of Exploration: Christopher Columbus and the Spanish Empire - University of Calgary

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This website provides information about Christopher Columbus and an interactive map. Flash is required to utilize the interactive map. ...more
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This website provides information about Christopher Columbus and an interactive map. Flash is required to utilize the interactive map.

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Christopher Columbus: Explorer - Enchanted Learning

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This website provides information, reproducible worksheets, maps, diagrams and other educational activities about Christopher Columbus and Columbus Day. Some activities are available...more
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This website provides information, reproducible worksheets, maps, diagrams and other educational activities about Christopher Columbus and Columbus Day. Some activities are available for "members only", but most of the learning fun is for everyone.

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Famous People: Christopher Columbus - BBC

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This "kid-friendly" website provides an informative slideshow about Christopher Columbus. They also have a short interactive quiz. This site is very appropriate for young elementary...more
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This "kid-friendly" website provides an informative slideshow about Christopher Columbus. They also have a short interactive quiz. This site is very appropriate for young elementary students; it provides information, pictures, vocabulary terms and other educational activities.

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Get an interactive whiteboard and treat your students to this unique slideshow.

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An A-Maize-ing Plant- Corn - Cheryl McGinness

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This simple WebQuest introduces students to the various uses of corn. The task involves "teaching" Christopher Columbus (who has arrived via time capsule) about the many uses of corn....more
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This simple WebQuest introduces students to the various uses of corn. The task involves "teaching" Christopher Columbus (who has arrived via time capsule) about the many uses of corn. Students are asked to create an oral presentation to share with the class. A detailed rubric is provided.

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It might be good to review this WebQuest as a class and then send students to a few specific sites to gather their research. There are numerous links provided. Great information, but younger students will need assistance navigating this site.

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The Journey of Christopher Columbus - McGraw-Hill

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Follow Christopher Columbus on his 1492 journey to the new world with this informational site that reveals details of his life before the voyage, excerpts from his journals, a timeline,...more
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Follow Christopher Columbus on his 1492 journey to the new world with this informational site that reveals details of his life before the voyage, excerpts from his journals, a timeline, descriptions of the native people he encountered, and his activities after his return. Nice resource for a unit on explorers.

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In the Classroom

Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on the famous explorer. Because of the large amount of information, this activity would work best with a guide to highlight for students what is most important. For help creating such graphic organizers, we recommend using Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here). This would be a useful resource within a US history classroom.

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