Monday, August 24, 2015

Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus

This past two weeks my 2nd and 4th graders have been learning all about Columbus. Come explore with us.


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 said 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 the 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 12th their dream came true, 
You never saw a happier crew!

"Indians! Indians!" Columbus cried;
His heart was filled with joy and pride.

But "India" the land was not;
It was the Bahamas, and it was hot.

The natives there were very nice;
They have the sailors food and spice. 

Columbus sailed on to search for 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. 

I found some great Columbus resources on YouTube. 
This neat little song teaches
about Christopher Columbus.  

A great video to introduce your children 
to Christopher Columbus.

We made a Christopher Columbus, a New World map, 
lap books and many other fun activities. 

There are many great kids books on Christopher Columbus too. Here are just a few.

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