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Classroom research and debate over this often-controversial topic are a common activity:
- Should we observe the accomplishments of a man who might be considered one of the most successful failures in world history? After all, he never did reach the <East> Indies at all.
- Should we celebrate the man responsible for bringing slavery and diseases that are responsible for wiping out millions of Native Americans in North and South America?
- Is it appropriate to lay the blame of genocide, accidental or otherwise, which undeniably followed as a part of the Columbian Exchange, on the shoulders of this one man? Was it instead the entire European society during the Age of Discovery that should bear this responsibility?
I spent a little time today looking for Columbus Day teaching and learning activities that might incorporate technology as well. Many would help set up a lively debate amongst your students, expand their world-view, and help them participate in a discussion about global citizenship.
Here are just a few ideas:
- Cyberspace Explorer: Getting to Know Christopher Columbus, a full Grades 3-5 lesson plan from ReadWriteThink
- Columbus Day Activity Set, Grades PreK-5 lesson plans & resources from Scholastic
- Teaching About Columbus Day: Mythbusters, resources for all grades from TeachingHistory.org
- The Best Online Resources About Christopher Columbus, from Larry Ferlazzo
- Ready-made High School History Lesson on Columbus, by Larry Ferlazzo
- SMART Board Activities - free SMART Board Resources from SMART Exchange