TeachersFirst's Columbus Day Resources
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.
Grades9 to 12
In the ClassroomUse 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.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomShare 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.
Grades3 to 10
In the ClassroomUse 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.
Grades1 to 3
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GradesK to 5
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