Here are some things we did for our Columbus Day Unit Study:
- We read "History Maker Bios: Christopher Columbus" by Susan Bivin Aller together and discussed as we read it
- We found Italy, Portugal, The Atlantic Ocean, India, China, Japan, San Salvador, Hispaniola, Cuba, Haiti, South America, Jamaica, and Spain on a map
- See a map of the "known world" in the 1400's before the discovery of the "New World"
- Read the poem "In 1492, Columbus Sailed the Ocean Blue"
- Pretend you are a sailor on one of Columbus' ships and write a ship's log
- Discuss how the crew might have felt when they didn't find gold, and when they met the "Indians"... and how they might have felt being left behind
- Discuss being shipwrecked for a year on an island (as Columbus was on another voyage), and how it might have been meeting cannibals
- Draw, Write Now! Handwriting and Art project - Draw the three ships: Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria (discuss which ship sank and why)
- Discuss different types of landmasses: Island and Peninsula
- Do Columbus crossword puzzle worksheet, word search worksheet, and alphabetizing worksheet
- Make a salt-dough "map" in the shape of Italy, bake it, cool it, and paint it
- Write our Bible Verse for the day: "Psalm 37:5 - Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass."
- Read from the Kid's Presidential Prayer Website about Columbus and other interesting information for today
- Paint the continents on a large poster board
- Paint three small "ships" (made from egg carton, popsicle sticks and little paper sails)
- Chart the course of Columbus on our map with our boats, locate key points (see list above)
- Do a quiz over the information we learned today with our friends (WOW, did they remember it all! I was shocked!)
Two "Italian" Painters
Looks like Italy got nuked...
My favorite homeschooled navigators set sail on the ocean blue...