Ahoy, maties! Today, we launched into a discussion about the famous Christopher Columbus! To test what students already knew, we made a KWL (know, want to know, learned) chart on our whiteboard. First, students wrote one thing they already knew about Christopher Columbus on a yellow sticky note. There was a wide range of knowledge among the classes but most students wrote something about Columbus’ voyage to the Americas in 1492.
Then, they wrote one thing they wanted to know about Columbus on a pink note. Lots of kids wanted to know when Columbus was born, how old he was when he died, whether he was ever seasick, and more about his family life.
Finally, I read a picture book aloud to students and they explored a website where they looked at photos, read a mini-book about Columbus, took a quiz, learned some fun facts and played an interactive game about the long journey to the New World. After we came back, we wrote one new thing we learned about Columbus on a green sticky note and added it to our chart.
I was amazed at the discussion we had after this lesson. Students were very engaged in wondering whether Columbus really was the first one to discover America, how the world might be different if he hadn’t made his voyage, how the Native Americans must have felt when the Europeans arrived, and much more. I was so excited that our research sparked such a lively debate!!
You can click this link to visit the site we explored today and show your family what all you learned about Columbus! —-> http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/famouspeople/christopher_columbus/
STUDENTS – SOUND OFF!!! Thoughtfully answer this question to earn a Hershey’s Kiss tomorrow (you may use only your first name or your initials to comment)
- Based on what we learned today, do you think Christopher Columbus is a hero or a villain? Explain why!