Saturday, October 6, 2012

Columbus Day

I'll admit to being a little SUPER excited to have Monday off! 

Tuesday we'll talk about Christopher Columbus.  
We'll read a story:

We'll also learn a song about Christopher Columbus, discuss and color our story retell sheet and then take them home to share the story with our families:

Then, Wednesday we'll retell the story using our pocket chart pieces:

And we'll also complete our writing activity:

If you're interested in using any of these activities  click HERE.  Packet is on TPT for $3.00

For a Freebie Song about Columbus click HERE.

I hope you are enjoying an extra day off also!


5 comments:

  1. Your song says he sailed east instead of west. It's actually the opposite!! OOPS!!!

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  2. Your freebie song is adorable! I can't wait to use it with my class. Thank you so much for sharing!

    Melissa
    Jungle Learners

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  3. I know this is an old post, and you have some cute activities, but this is really upsetting and irresponsible for an educator. Hopefully we've all learned something since this was first posted, and wouldn't be 'celebrating' this figure in any classroom!

    We are responsible for changing the conversation and lessons around Columbus - who was, unequivocally and unarguably, an extremely awful person who did a number of horrific things and is responsible for swathes of murder, enslavement, and atrocities. It is important for teachers to avoid perpetuating the weird myths and flat-out lies that somehow have been reinforced about this historical figure, and find alternatives for this day.

    ( For a very quick and easy reminder about the truth and why Columbus' name should horrify you, see http://theoatmeal.com/comics/columbus_day )

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  4. Hi! There is a HUGE problem with this resource!

    I know we teachers try to teach our kids facts. There is nothing to be gained but a lot to be lost by learning lies about Christopher Columbus.

    Please, PLEASE take a quick look at the history of Christopher Columbus, like the part where he writes back to Spain about being a mass murderer, trading 9 year old sex slaves, and making slaves wear their own hands as punishment.

    Here’s are some very quick and informative fact-based explanations:
    http://theoatmeal.com/comics/columbus_day
    http://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/uncomfortable-truth-that-columbus-was-a-mass-killer-and-the-father-of-the-slave-trade

    Let’s make sure we teach our children about the real heroes all around us, not people who were actual, horrible, human garbage!

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