Posts Tagged ‘Columbus Day’

Free Vocabulary Activities that Teach History!

September 10th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Thursday, September 6, 2012 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

MyVocabulary.com

(See links below.)

Age Range: 9 and up (with parental supervision)

This website is offering free activities to boost students’ vocabularies and knowledge of history in anticipation of Constitution Day, Columbus Day, and Election Day. I’ve provided the individual links to each page below…

CONSTITUTION DAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH

Enjoy interactive word searches, crosswords, matching games, quizzes, and more that include 229 vocabulary words themed around the U.S. Constitution.

COLUMBUS DAY, OCTOBER 8TH

Try your skills at solving vocabulary word puzzles and games, and get some lesson ideas for learning about Columbus and his historical expeditions.

ELECTION DAY, NOVEMBER 6TH

Play word games and do puzzles themed around political vocabulary words such as: Ballot, Campaign, Candidate, Canvass, Caucus, Constituency, Delegates, Electoral, Gerrymander, Incumbent, Judicial, Legislature, Nominate, Partisan, Primary, Quorum, Veto, etc.

Bookmark this ad-free website to take advantage of the array of free content to improve vocabulary. You’ll find activities to help prepare students for SAT and ACT exams too.

Columbus Day Math!

October 10th, 2011

Hi! It’s Monday, October 10, 2011 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Columbus Navigation Homepage

Age Range: 9 and up (with parental supervision)

It’s Columbus Day, a U.S. federal holiday. This website (that we’ve featured in the past) integrates math into the history, navigation and landfall of Christopher Columbus. When you get to the site you will see a menu that includes:

*Columbus’ Navigation — Learn what “dead reckoning” means and how Columbus used celestial navigation. Explore nautical math terms like “league.” Learn how fast the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria sailed and how much cargo they carried. Explore the theories of Columbus’ first land fall (and the mathematical calculations that back them up).

*Columbus’ History — See a timeline of Columbus’ voyages and events.

*Columbus Special Topics — Explore some personal opinion pieces by the webmaster on the topics of who really discovered America, and the destruction of native peoples. Parents, as always, should PREVIEW this information to determine suitability of content.

Columbus Day — Make Your Own Quadrant!

October 8th, 2007

Recommended Website:

Columbus Navigation Homepage

On the “official” Columbus Day holiday — I thought you might enjoy a website that integrates math into the history, navigation and landfall of Christopher Columbus. We featured this site in 2005, and at that time it had a different url. The site has been updated and now has its very own domain. When you get to the site you will see a menu that includes:

  • Columbus’ Navigation — learn what “dead reckoning” means and how Columbus used celestial navigation. Explore nautical math terms like “league.” Learn how fast the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria sailed and how much cargo they carried. Explore the theories of Columbus’ first land fall (and the mathematical calculations that back them up).
  • Columbus’ History — See a timeline of Columbus’ voyages and events. Read his biography that includes information about all 4 of his voyages.
  • Columbus Special Topics — Explore some personal opinion pieces by the webmaster on the topics of who really discovered America, and the destruction of native peoples. NOTE: Parents, as always, should PREVIEW this information to determine suitability of content.


MAKE YOUR OWN QUADRANT!

Columbus used a quadrant to navigate on his voyages. Here’s a website that has complete instructions for how to make a quadrant. Once you make the quadrant, you can use it to do some of the suggested activities.

Christopher Columbus

October 4th, 2001

Recommended Website:
Columbus Day

Columbus Day is Monday, October 8th. There is a great deal of information on the Internet about Christopher Columbus and all of the history and controversy surrounding his voyages and discoveries. From simple school-type coloring pages to primary source documents, it’s all on the Net. Interestingly, many of the sites have the same reference sources for various aspects of Columbus and his voyages. I found the Columbus Day site to contain a large number of these same references on the menu — so I decided to feature it at Click Schooling because it provides not only the basic information but many opportunities for more in-depth study as well.

When you get to the site you will see a menu. Here are some of the menu items:

  • A Timeline of Columbus’ life
  • Myths and Facts about Columbus
  • A Biography
  • A Map of his Voyages
  • Portraits of Columbus
  • Columbus as Navigator
  • Columbus’ Ships
  • Indigenous Peoples (Including the Taino)
  • Columbus’ Writings
  • Columbus Controversies

There is much more. There are links to other websites about Columbus too.

For those of you who just want a lesson plan — the web is full of these as well. At this next site, if you scroll down a little you will find a menu of links to lesson plans about Columbus (with brief descriptions and recommended age/grade ranges). Some contain simple activities and crafts, others are Internet Research projects.

If you don’t find what you are looking for at these sites, simply enter “Christopher Columbus” into any search engine and you will be rewarded with page after page of links to websites.

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