Posts tagged “Columbus

Our Christopher Columbus Film Festival

Here are some of the Film’s From Fridays Columbus festival. I was very proud of the classes and all the hard work they put into these films.

We also had a food festival to follow featuring Chinese, Cuban, Spanish and Italian cuisine.

Columbus Podcast 3 From Miss Leston’s 1st Grade Class


Columbus PodCast #2 By Eric E. and Jon V.

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Columbus Podcast #1 by Howard, Melvin & Lexus.


Here is the first of our Columbus Podcasts. This one features Melvin, Howard and Lexus.

Click on the picture to listen.

Compose Rose Lesson

In studying Columbus and his voyage of 1492 we know he did not want to sail  east,going around Africa to get to China and the Indes. That was the way everyone had sailed before him.  Columbus sailed west, which would have worked if he did not bump into North and South America.

Refer to the Map below to review and compare Columbus’ route west with traditional route traveled east.


Click on the Compass rose to watch as short movie on directions and cardinal directions. compassrose.jpg

After you watch the movies print out the blank compass rose and see if you can put in the correct directions.


The Animated Classic Christopher Columbus

4dv6076_z.jpgWrite a short piece on what you learned from the movie.

When did he know he wanted to be a sailor?

What was Columbus dream ?

What special voyage did Columbus want to make, where to ?

How did he get the money for the voyage he wanted to make?

What was the voyage on the boats like?

What was the name of the three boats Columbus took with him?

How did his crew feel when they were on the boat? Were they afraid?

What was the crew going to do if Columbus did not find land soon ( after 2 months)?

What happened to Columbus? Did he find India / China? What place did he discover?

Christopher Columbus Sets Sail

Christopher Columbus was born in Genoa italy in 1451. He was the son of a weaver and tavern keeper. He became a sailor as a young man. It is said he was a great sailor. He was shipwrecked off Portual near spain and is said to have swam back to shore six miles. He then came up with the notion of westward sea travel to china.

Click on the map to listen to a podcast about this journey

Blog a comment about what you heard at the end.

Imagine you are on this the First of Columbus’ Voyage to the New World. Tell what ship you are sailing on. Describe the voyage, Talk about being stranded for days with no wind, how you feel each some one call out Land, only to realize they are mistaken. I you afraid for your life? Do you want to overthrow Columbus in a Mutiny? Write a short piece telling about life aboard Columbus’ Ship. Download the the sailors journal here.

Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) was an Italian explorer who sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in 1492, hoping to find a route to India (in order to trade for spices).  In the year 1492 spices were as valuable as gold.

He made a total of four trips to the Caribbean and South America during the years 1492-1504. The First Trip:
Columbus sailed for King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella of Spain. On his first trip, Columbus led an expedition with three ships, the Niña (captained by Vicente Yáñez Pinzon), the Pinta (owned and captained by Martin Alonzo Pinzon), and the Santa Maria (captained by Columbus), and about 90 crew members. They set sail on Aug. 3, 1492 from Palos, Spain, and on October 11, 1492, spotted the Caribbean islands off southeastern North America. They landed on an island they called Guanahani, but Columbus later renamed it San Salvador. They were met by the local Taino Indians, many of whom were captured by Columbus’ men and later sold into slavery. Columbus thought he had made it to Asia, and called this area the Indies, and called its inhabitants Indians.

While exploring the islands in the area and looking for gold to loot, Columbus’ men traveled to the islands of Hispaniola (now divided into Haiti and the Dominican Republic), Cuba, and many other smaller islands. On the return trip, the Santa Maria was wrecked and the captain of the Pinta  Martin Pinzon sailed off on his own to try to beat Columbus back. Columbus returned to Spain in the Nina, arriving on March 15, 1493.

1. What Country was Columbus born in?

2. What country did he sail for?

2. What year was he born?

3. Who did he sail for (hint) it was a king and a queen ?

4 . What day did he sail on his first voyage?

5. What is the name of the island they landed on?

6. Where did he think he had reached? ( Hint He called the people this)

7. What was the name of the  two other Captain who sailed with him?

8. How many trips did he Make to the Caribbean?

8 . Find on Google and print out a picture of Christopher Columbus.