Saturday, October 10, 2015
In 1492...Columbus Sailed
One of my favorite books for Columbus Day is In 1492 by Jean Marzollo. The book is written in rhyme and engages the students. We read the entire book Monday. Then, we refer back to portions of the book throughout the week. There are several other books for students.
There are new faces, places, and vocabulary with this unit. Allowing for students to manipulate the words and pictures in writing and in centers, creates an in depth understanding for the students. They can use the words in a variety of ways: alphabetizing the list, categorizing the list, and writing using the list.
As everyone in who teaches kindergarten knows, if they can sing it they will learn it. Christopher Columbus is no different. There are basic arms motions I made up or each verse. The repeated refrain "Columbus sailed the ocean blue, in 1492" I make the children wave their hand in a wavy ocean.
Everyone has a ship art project. Any Mayflower ship project can be amended to make a Santa Maria project. We add the poem to one of the flags and we should have added a red cross to the flags.
You know I lo ve my 4 square writing. The week after next, I put the Columbus 4 Square in the writing center. Let them write about what they learned...it's such a great way to check of understanding.