Saturday, October 6, 2012

E is for Explorers: Christopher Columbus

As we all know Columbus Day is right around the corner - it will be celebrated on October 8th this year. This is a great time to research all explorers especially Christopher Columbus. How's your Columbus Day planning going? Do you need a little inspiration? I found many resources on the internet that may help you plan your holiday studies. In most cases, the resources are freely shared. The books and curriculum will need to be borrowed or purchased. Please remember that resources listed for kindergarten can also be easily adapted for older children. There may be some overlapping with activities - this just means that particular resource or idea was extremely helpful to many and may be of special interest to you! Check them out!

Several Books We'll Read
Columbus written by Ingri and Edgar Parin D'Aulaire
A Picture Book of Christopher Columbus by David Adler
In 1492 by Jean Marzollo 
Let's Read About Christopher Columbus by Kimberly Weinberger
Christopher Columbus by Stephen Krensky
Columbus by Social Science Staff-Educational Research Council of America
Apples 4 the Teacher Chapter Book Online 

Curriculum Sources 
Christ-Bearer (Chapter 1) from The Light and the Glory for Children
I Love America The National Council Center for Constitutional Studies
TruthQuest American History for Young Students 1
Story of the World (Volume 2)
Early American History for Primary Grades by Rea C. Berg (Lessons 11-20)

My Map Trek review( Scroll Down to American History: Explorer Routes)

Books or Stories on Tape
Your Story Hour Cassettes Heritage of Our Country Series 
Christopher Columbus by Rae Bains

Lil' Country Kindergarten Scroll Down to Freebie SONG
ChildFun Poems and Songs Snack and craft ideas too

You Tube Videos at CK Primary WikiSpaces
Brain Pop Columbus Day Video
BBC Famous People: Christopher Columbus
Animated Hero Classics: Christopher Columbus

Craft Ideas
Satori Smiles Studying Columbus in American History
Kindergarten Smiles Ship Craft in a Bottle with Poem
Kaboose Kids Craft Egg Cup Ships
All Kids Network Columbus Day Ship Craft
DLTK Columbus Day Crafts
Kiboomu Kids Songs Boat Craft (song sample)

Unit or Thematic Resources (Mixture of Ideas)
The Holiday Zone Columbus Day
April Larremore@Chalk Talk  Christopher Columbus and More
A Greater Hand Blog Christopher Columbus Adventures
Heart of Wisdom Scrapbook, Clip Art, and Video Resources
Columbus Day Elementary Resources
A Place Called Kindergarten Columbus Day Book and Drawing
eHow Columbus Day Kindergarten Crafts and Adventure Fun
Mr. Donn's Columbus Day Lesson Plans
The Very Busy Kindergartener Happy Columbus Day
K-12 Teacher Resources WikiSpaces - Columbus Day Resources
The Kindergarten Teacher Happy Columbus Day
Pam Petty Seasonal Activities for Children (Fall Ideas and Links)
A to Z Teacher Stuff Columbus Day Activities and Lesson Plans
Life is Sweet in Kindergarten Hooray for Columbus Day
Janel Habosha Columbus Day Pinterest
Mrs. T's First Grade Class Columbus Day Boat Races
Teacher Vision Columbus Day Teacher Resources
Homeschooling K Christopher Columbus Day Lesson Plans
Lory Evans Patterned Coloring Page
Suite 101 Columbus Day Primary Lessons
Coloring Page for Lapbooks
Busy Teacher Cafe Columbus Theme Page
Teacher Link Ed Thematic Unit Christopher Columbus
Bilingual Classroom Resources Christopher Columbus Roll and Cover Games
Lil' Country Kindergarten Ships 100 Chart Coloring Activity
Jessica Travis @ TpT Christopher Columbus Writing Craftivity
Adventures in Teaching @ TpT 1492 Math and Literacy
Karen Mitchell @ TpT Christopher Columbus Math Game
Tireless Teacher @ TpT Columbus KWL
Valerie Harris @ Tpt Explorers Match Up Game
Sandra Kanasink @ TpT Explorers Task Cards
Deanna Jump Sailing Ships and Buoyancy
Step by Step Columbus Day Ideas
Just Mommies Columbus Unit Study
Adventures in Homeschooling Christopher Columbus Unit Study
Lori Rosenberg @ TpT Columbus 3-2-1 Reading Strategies
KidsKonnect Holiday: Christopher Columbus
3 Dinosaurs Christopher Columbus Mini Pack

Lapbooking and Notebooking
The Notebooking Fairy Columbus Day Notebooking Pages
Marine Corps Nomads Christopher Columbus Lapbook and Notebook Study
Third Grade Thinkers Explorer Lapbook
Lapbook Lessons Columbus Day Lapbook
Explorers Foldable (same idea but with different explorers)
Homeschool Freebie of the Day Two Christopher Columbus Stories (limited time)

Items to Purchase
Kinder Gals Columbus Day is Coming
Lil' Country Kindergarten Columbus Day Math and Literacy
Enchanted Learning Explorers (can read online)
Lory Evans Teachers Pay Teachers Columbus Day for Kids
ABC Teach Seasonal Holidays: Columbus Day

Do you have a Christopher Columbus or Columbus Day resource to share with us all in preparation for the upcoming holiday? If so, comment below with the website addresses so that we can all take advantage of the resources available online. Let's help one another!

Thank you for visiting and I hope to hear from you soon. I appreciate and love to hear from my readers so please feel free to comment. Was this post helpful to you? How did you use it? Do you have a post with ideas you used and found here? I would enjoy seeing what you plan to do or have done for Columbus Day. Drop by and leave your blog post link. Thanks a bunch.

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  1. We plan to go to Corpus Christi the 1st of Nov. because the C.C. Museum on Natural History is free that day and only $3 for the Santa Maria ship tour. It'll be past Columbus Day, but that just means we get to extend our study on Columbus and the Ocean. Your ideas here, especially for the crafts, will be helpful in our month long study. I wish I'd have found your post sooner, as I already spent a bunch of time finding most of the sites you listed. Bummer. Next time, I'll look here FIRST! Lesson Learned!

  2. Avis - It sounds like you will have loads of fun in Corpus Christi! Thank you for commenting on my post. Give the girls a big hug from me. Hope to see you all soon for some owl pellet fun!

  3. What a great list you have put together. Thanks for sharing!

  4. A nice round up of links. Stopping by from the crew to follow you.