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Monday, October 5, 2009

Columbus Day geography activities: old and new

When was Columbus Day declared a Federal Holiday?
In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared Columbus Day a federal holiday, to be celebrated on the second Monday in October. Columbus Day is the commemoration of Christopher Columbus's discovery of America.
(Illustration from Scholastic Newstime 10/4/91)

I used the following activity for many years with my was an article/activity from either the Faces, Calliope, or Odyssey children's magazines? This is a great geography lesson to follow and locate all the trips and problems Christoper Columbus encountered on his high voyages: (double click on the images to enlarge)

Other Links and activities:

Library of Congress archives

Columbus Day art activities...many geography related

PBS/Nova Viking deception

Some older resources from Columbus Quincentennial:

Columbus The Age of Discovery (companion volume to PBS series of same name)

by Zvi dor-Net, ISBN # 0-688-08545-8

(I couldn't find the the video series on the PBS site, might be available on DVD?)

Seeds of Change: 500 years since Columbus

by Herman Viola & Carolyn Margolis

I, Columbus: My Journal

by Peter and Connie Roop

(children's literature) ISBN # 0-380-71545-7

(Have students track Columbus' voyages from the information in this easy-read book!)

Seeds of Change (related webquest)

1491 America Before Columbus, National Geographic Magazine, Oct/91

Where did Columbus Discover America? , National Geographic Map, Nov/86

Spain in the Americas, National Geographic map, 2/92

RETHINKING COLUMBUS:Teaching about the 500th Anniversary of Columbus's arrival in America (special edition of Rethinking Schools/Network of Educators on Central America, 1991, ISBN# 0-942961-14-5

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