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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/Indigenous Peoples' Day - Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

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Visit this site to access resources for teaching about Columbus/Indigenous Peoples' Day through various perspectives. Resources include links to a primary source document from 1585,...more
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Visit this site to access resources for teaching about Columbus/Indigenous Peoples' Day through various perspectives. Resources include links to a primary source document from 1585, videos, guided readings and essays, and lesson plans. Free registration is required to access all of the materials provided.

tag(s): columbus day (6), cultures (132), explorers (65), native americans (91), primary sources (117), westward expansion (38)

In the Classroom

Use the materials shared on this site to enhance your current lessons about Christopher Columbus and Indigenous Americans. Many lessons include using organizational frameworks like Frayer Models and adding a Frayer Model to Google Slides or Microsoft PowerPoint for students to share their information digitally. Find ready-to-use Frayer Model templates on sites like SlidesMania, reviewed here, by using the search feature. As students explore the primary source documents and information shared during the lesson activities, use Padlet, reviewed here, to curate and share information with students. Add links for viewing primary source documents, supplemental articles, and videos related to the lesson topic. As a learning extension, ask students to share their understanding of history by creating websites using Site123, reviewed here, which provides documentation and reflection upon the different historical perspectives found during the lessons.
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A Race of Discovery - Travelbag

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6 to 12
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Travelbag uses Google Maps to create maps following the footsteps of famous explorers. Select and view the journeys of Christopher Columbus, Amelia Earhart, and more. After choosing...more
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Travelbag uses Google Maps to create maps following the footsteps of famous explorers. Select and view the journeys of Christopher Columbus, Amelia Earhart, and more. After choosing an explorer, click again to see the original journey or the journey using present-day transportation options. Each option shares directions for the explorer's journey in a step by step timeline.

tag(s): aviation (38), columbus day (6), explorers (65), Google (46), lewis and clark (14), maps (207), marco polo (3), transportation (32), women (137)

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Share maps from this site on your interactive whiteboard during your study of explorers and previous time periods to help students understand the difference in transportation modes compared to today's options. Before discussing as a class, have students explore these maps on their own then enhance and share their findings with a quick and easy website creator like Carrd, reviewed here. Use this site as a model and have students create their own maps to demonstrate the path of explorers, characters in novels, or historical events using Odyssey, reviewed here. Odyssey is a multimedia tool that can redefine student learning by offering tools for creating interactive maps that include images, videos, and text.

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Columbus Day - Myvocabulary.com

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3 to 10
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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 (6), holidays (163)

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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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Reader's Theater: Columbus Day

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1 to 3
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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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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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