Monday, October 3, 2011

Columbus Day Resources for SMART Boards

Many schools throughout the nation hold school on Columbus Day. In Illinois, Columbus Day is a suggested holiday, but schools that apply for a waiver (Read the law in its entirety:  105 ILCS 5/24-2 Sec.24.2(b) ) may hold school on Columbus Day providing part of the day is spent learning about the contributions made by Christopher Columbus to the discovery of the Americas. These contributions, both positive and negative, are collectively referred to as “The Columbian Exchange” by many textbooks. The National Humanities Center has an excellent essay on the Columbian Exchange, with teaching suggestions.

Last week I blogged about a number of Columbus Day Resources.  Here are a few more to add to that list:

SMART Exchange has some great, pre-made SMART Board files that you can download and use with your classroom activities for free. Some are complete with Response(formerly known as Senteo Interactive Response System - those little clicker-thingies) question sets already developed to help you assess students' learning and understanding of your Columbus lessons. Here are some search results by topic:

Many video clips are also available to help with these activities.  Click these links to see resources available from The Biography Channel and The History Channel.

Galesburg teachers in grades 6-12 can access LEARN360 for even more.

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