Are you in school on Columbus Day? Our students are out and it is a teacher in service where we are! We will still be studying about Columbus because I teach fourth grade in Georgia and he happens to be one of our standards. How do you navigate Columbus Day? Do you think he should be celebrated? These teacher & kid-approved videos about Columbus, his life, voyages, and more will be great lead-ins for some great conversation, debate, and critical thinking! Enjoy!
A short summary of how Columbus got started on his first voyage with good background information about the Taino. Discussion of God, Gold, and Glory and some of the ugly truths of the explorer.
Christopher Columbus has long been touted as the explorer who discovered America and proved the world was round. That view of things is not correct, however! Come and learn about the voyages of Christopher Columbus, his ships, and what really happened in this historically accurate and child-appropriate biography of the famous explorer.
Many people in the United States and Latin America have grown up celebrating the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s voyage. But was he an intrepid explorer who brought two worlds together or a ruthless exploiter who brought colonialism and slavery? And did he even discover America at all? Alex Gendler puts Columbus on the stand in History vs. Christopher Columbus. An excellent 6 minute video!
Mel-O-Toons: Christopher Columbus (5:29)
Mel-O-Toons is a vintage video collection that reminds me of Schoolhouse Rock. The oldie but goodie has lots of facts and includes relevant information still today.
Columbus Song-1492 (2:54)
This Columbus song is one of my students' favorites each year! It focuses mainly on the Native American tribes that were in the Americas long before Columbus. A very catchy tune that will stay in your head for weeks!
Christopher Columbus: "This Land is My Land!" | Sung History (3:19)
DreamWorks TV has really impressed me with their new "Sung History" videos! They are a bit better suited for older elementary, middle, and high school students because they include humor that many students may not understand. There's also the work "heck" at the beginning of this video..but it would likely be overlooked by most students as normal language anyway. Overall, this video is more for teaching and presents excellent discussion topics, rather than something the kids would want to sing along with.
James & Dana
A husband and wife teacher team who love integrating social studies and science into other subjects for diverse elementary classrooms.
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