Columbus Day, Grades 6-8
Lessons, Activities, and Other Resources Present a Range Of Opinions on Christopher Columbus
Celebrate Columbus Day!
Students in grades 3-8 learn about Columbus's Book of Privileges and then create a class or individual "Book of Privileges."
Columbus: Hero or Villain?
Students in grades 6-8 analyze a variety of sources in order to determine for themselves whether or not Columbus should be considered a hero or a villain.
Other Worlds: The Voyage of Columbus
Students in grades 9-12 use the Internet to explore the two worlds that made contact when Columbus stepped ashore.
Discovering Poetic Form and Structure Using Concrete Poems
Students in grades 9-12 are introduced to concrete poetry and explore the relationship between the structure and meaning of a poem using the poem “Suppose Columbus.”
When Worlds Collide: Lesson Plans
Eight lessons for grades 6-12.
Activities for Students and Teachers Mariner’s Museum (Grades 5-12)
Create a compass, astrolabe, quadrant, and nine more activities.
Find Your Longitude (Grades 3-6)
- Christopher Columbus Mariners' Museum
- The Columbus Navigation Homepage Christopher Columbus Primary Source Documents
Contact with Indigenous Peoples
- 1492: An Ongoing VoyageThe exhibition from the Library of Congress examines the first sustained contacts between American people and European explorers, conquerors and settlers from 1492 to 1600.
- When Worlds Collide
Companion website for the PBS program has a timeline, essays, and lessons.
When Worlds Collide: The Untold Story of the Americas after Columbus (1:26:36)
This PBS documentary presents a vivid exploration of the first century after the Old World encountered the New World.
Christopher Columbus (9:54)
This excerpt from 500 Nations, The Discovery and Arrival of Christopher Columbus explores the clash of cultures between Europeans and the indigenous peoples of America.