5 Ways to Celebrate Columbus Day

My First Biography: Christopher Columbus

Columbus Day is Monday, October 14! Christopher Columbus and his discovery of America are monumental in our country’s history. If you plan to honor the holiday, here are five ways to celebrate Columbus Day  in your class or extended learning program. Go beyond the familiar line, “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue,” and teach students about Christopher Columbus’ journey to the New World in fun, exciting and yummy ways!

  1. Watch the Columbus Day movie on BrainPOP Jr. to introduce students to Christopher Columbus and to tell the story of his voyage to the New World.
  2. Have story time!  My First Biography: Christoper Columbus helps younger students understand the story of Columbus and offers a positive message of perseverance.   Also, check out Follow the Dream: The Story of Christopher Columbus which contains engaging, artful pictures and true-to-history text that tells the story of Columbus’ journey.
  3. Make these veggie boats from the Oh Happy Day blog to represent the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria. Gather a variety of vegetables, spreads and toothpicks to assemble the boats and make tasty snacks! Oh Happy Day: Veggie Boats
  4. Get students’ creative juices flowing with the Columbus Day Writing Craftivity from Teachers Pay Teachers. This free download will turn students into explorers as they write about what would have happened if they discovered America.
  5. Telescopes are great tools for exploration! Make the telescopes from recycled household items like cardboard tubes and paper cups.

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How are you celebrating Columbus Day in your classroom or extended learning program?

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