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Monday, October 6, 2014

Christopher Columbus Facts Versus Myths Activities


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Christopher Columbus Facts


What are the facts about Christopher Columbus?

What are the myths?

What is the Columbus' real importance in history?

Here is a video to get you started.  Please keep in mind that there is controversy over what the true facts and myths are regarding Christopher Columbus.  When teaching about such controversial topics, I believe it is important to help students understand that not everything they read or hear is a fact.  How do we determine facts from myths?  This can be an entire unit in and of itself; however, it really should be at the surface of every topic requiring research and discovery of information.  



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 Christopher Columbus Day Activities Myth vs. Reality Interactive Notebook

Columbus Day Craft: This foldable craftivity works well in a social studies or literacy center. The students will color, cut, and paste sentences under flaps while determining if each sentence is a fact or myth. Students may use the sentences provided, or conduct their own research to write their own sentences. A debate could follow to support various facts or myths found. hearing both sides of the story, forming opinions based on facts and determining if the facts are indeed facts are definitely essential skills and extremely relevant and current. An answer key is provided.

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 Christopher Columbus Day Readers Theater Play Literacy Activities & Worksheets

This is a fun whole group reading activity. There are three scenes with 10 reading comprehension questions and answers for each scene. 

The play is written in the months before Christopher Columbus set sail. It begins with school boys talking about Christopher Columbus and calling him crazy! Student will read about his encounters with the King and his courtiers. The story continues with Christopher Columbus' maps being stolen! Finally, he obtained ships from the King with help from the Queen. The last scene takes place on one of Christopher Columbus' ships and how the sailors were feeling about their journey. 

This readers theater play is reformatted from the project Gutenberg play. The set of comprehension questions are copyright protected and for the buyer's single classroom use only.

Note: This is a fictional, reader's theater play. It may be based on some truths and some myths. This play could lead into a research project and great discussion about facts and myths regarding Christopher Columbus. 

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 Christopher Columbus Day Math Worksheets Kindergarten or Special Education

This packet works well as morning work, for early finishers or as extra practice for special education. Skills include counting, addition, subtraction, greater than/less than, time, money, sequencing, patterns, place value and skip counting. Answer keys are also included. These are simple worksheets with minimal distractions on each page.

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 Christopher Columbus Day Math & Literacy File Folder Games

You will receive 7 file folder games for kindergarten, special education, ESL, autism and speech and language therapy. Students will practice beginning sounds, patterns, upper case letters, sight words, counting, addition, and number words. 

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 Christopher Columbus Day Clip Art Social Studies Commercial Use


You will receive 12 black and white PNG images and 12 color PNG images to use with your Christopher Columbus activities.

BONUS: You will receive 19 additional color variations for a total of 43 images. See second thumbnail for color variations.

You may use these clip art images for personal or commercial use.


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 Columbus Day Math FREE Order of Operation Activities & Games Task Cards

You will receive six Common Core math task cards for 5th and 6th grade students. Scavenger hunt directions and other games ideas are provided. A student response form and answer key are also provided. 

Task cards are a great alternative to worksheets. They allow for movement in the classroom, which brain research shows increases achievement! Students can play SCOOT, have a scavenger hunt, or engage in other movement games.

For 30 additional cards:


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 Christopher Columbus Day Poster Inspirational Quote Social Studies

This printable art sign features a vintage world map background with an inspirational quote by Christopher Columbus:

You can never cross 
the ocean until you 
have the courage to 
lose sight of the shore. 

You will receive ONE printable poster as a JPEG zipped file.

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