Celebrating Columbus Day

Celebrating Columbus Day with kindergartners can include reading, singing, writing and making a ship. Here are a few ideas for teaching our early learners.

In 1492...Read a Book

One of my favorite books for Columbus Day is In 1492 by Jean Marzollo.  The book is written in rhyme and engages the students.  We read the entire book Monday, but return to the text for a variety of facts during the week.



Celebrating Columbus Day with kindergartners can include reading, singing, writing and making a ship. Here are a few ideas for teaching our early learners.

In 1492...Vocabulary Cards

There are new faces, places, and vocabulary with this unit.  Allowing for students to manipulate the words and pictures in writing and in centers, creates an in depth understanding for the students.
Celebrating Columbus Day with kindergartners can include reading, singing, writing and making a ship. Here are a few ideas for teaching our early learners.

In 1492...Sing a Song

As everyone in who teaches kindergarten knows, if they can sing it they will learn it.  Christopher Columbus is no different.  The song is sung to the tune, "Farmer in the Dell." There are basic arms motions I made up or each verse.  During the repeated refrain, "Columbus sailed the ocean blue, in 1492," the children wave their hand in a wavy ocean.  The final verse is about meeting the Native Americans.  I use the terms "Indians" in reference to Columbus's great mistake of thinking he had made it to India.  You may teach this verse at your discretion.
Celebrating Columbus Day with kindergartners can include reading, singing, writing and making a ship. Here are a few ideas for teaching our early learners.

In 1492...Make a Ship

Everyone has a ship art project.  Any Mayflower ship project can be amended to make a Santa Maria project.  I like this project from Munchkins and Mayhem.  I would add a red cross to the flags.
Celebrating Columbus Day with kindergartners can include reading, singing, writing and making a ship. Here are a few ideas for teaching our early learners.

In 1492...Write about it!

You know I love my 4 square writing.  The week after next, I put the Columbus 4 Square in the writing center.  Let them write about what they learned...it's such a great way to check of understanding.  This is the perfect scaffolded writing lesson.  Early writers can use wight word based phrases for simple, repetitive sentences.  "I see Christopher Columbus. I see three ships. I see a map. I see Native Americans."  More developed writers can write about facts and give details.
Celebrating Columbus Day with kindergartners can include reading, singing, writing and making a ship. Here are a few ideas for teaching our early learners.

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