We have the awesome opportunity to view the replica ships made of the Nina and the Pinta! Since this opportunity came our way, I thought we should take advantage of it and learn all about Christopher Columbus and his discovery of America! I’m embarrassed to admit that my kids know nothing about Columbus!! I guess this year we will change that. 🙂
Christopher Columbus (Step-Into-Reading, Step 3)
Animals Christopher Columbus Saw: An Adventure in the New World (Explorers)
Story of Christopher Columbus, The
Christopher Columbus (My First Biography)
Links & Resources
Columbus Worksheets (PDF’s) – very good worksheets!!
Columbus Activities from Enchanted Learning
Pedro’s Journal unit study from HSS (a chapter book we will be reading)
Columbus Poetry – for memorization or copywork
We are memorizing the famous poem, In 1492.
In fourteen hundred ninety-two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.
He had three ships and left from Spain;
He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain.
He sailed by night; he sailed by day;
He used the stars to find his way.
A compass also helped him know
How to find the way to go.
Ninety sailors were on board;
Some men worked while others snored.
Then the workers went to sleep;
And others watched the ocean deep.
Day after day they looked for land;
They dreamed of trees and rocks and sand.
October 12 their dream came true,
You never saw a happier crew!
“Indians! Indians!” Columbus cried;
His heart was filled with joyful pride.
But “India” the land was not;
It was the Bahamas, and it was hot.
The Arakawa natives were very nice;
They gave the sailors food and spice.
Columbus sailed on to find some gold
To bring back home, as he’d been told.
He made the trip again and again,
Trading gold to bring to Spain.
The first American? No, not quite.
But Columbus was brave, and he was bright.
Isn’t this vintage cartoon a fun little show?!?! 🙂