Columbus Day

Contributor: Jodi Powell. Lesson ID: 10848

Do you celebrate Columbus Day or just let it slip by? Do you know why we honor Columbus? Do you know why some people revile him? Videos, online articles, activities, and a project will open your eyes!


United States, World Cultures

Social Studies
learning style
personality style
Grade Level
Middle School (6-8)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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Have you ever played the jump rope singalong, "Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue, in fourteen hundred and ninety-two"? Do you know why Columbus Day is celebrated in the United States? Maybe you've heard he discovered America, but you don't know much beyond that. Well, let's learn more about this man and decide if Columbus Day is a day worthy of celebration!

map of Columbus' voyages

Image by Viajes_de_colon, via Wikimedia Commons, is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic license.

Christopher Columbus — the man credited with finding the Americas.

Quite an accomplishment, wouldn't you say? After all, there is a holiday named after him, so let's make sure we have all the facts straight before the next October 12th rolls around!

Take notes while you read the following articles. Record basic facts, expeditions, accomplishments, controversies, etc.

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Did you learn anything that you didn't previously know about Christopher Columbus? Share any new or surprising facts you learned with your teacher or parent, then continue on to the Got It? section for a quiz and a game!

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