Tuesday, October 2, 2012

In 1492... A Mini Columbus Day Packet

 As a reading specialist, I usually have 30-40 minutes a day with my sweet peas, and so, every second counts.  Yes, I teach with urgency, but I also strive to keep it fun and relevant!  One of the things I miss most about teaching my own class is the thematic units I would create and teach.  Teaching in the late 1980's and 1990's was a blast with the whole language explosion and the freedom to teach thematically and to incorporate holiday celebrations.

Usually I can sneak in a little holiday texts and activities, although my time is limited.  With that in mind, I developed a short, mini unit for Christopher Columbus to use with my intervention groups. For my firsties, we are reading the Christopher Columbus book that is part of Scholastic's "Very First Biographies" series ( I LOVE this book set!).  We will do this as a one day activity with shared reading, identifying main ideas and details and reflecting on our learning.

The packet is simple and direct with no cute craftivities, which I rarely have time for!  :(  

I also included a cause-effect graphic organizer I designed for a second grade teacher in my building who is using a different text with her students and is wrapping up her cause-effect lessons.

Genre mini-poster for my Focus Wall

If you're looking for something short and sweet that focuses on a general understanding of Columbus' importance, click here to see the listing.

And because I love and appreciate you so much, the first three followers to leave a comment and their email will receive this packet for FREE!  If you can't use it, please feel free to pass it along to someone who can.

**Giveaway is now over!

Have a great night!


  1. I would love a copy! I would definitely use this with my class! Thank you!


  2. I was just looking for something to help teach this with my first graders! This looks great!

  3. I would love to use this with my class! It looks awesome. You have some great ideas on your blog!


  4. Thank you, ladies! I just emailed you the packet. If you get a chance, stop back and let me know your feedback. :-)

  5. Looks wonderful

    1. Thank you, Miss Nelson! I appreciate your compliment! Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Going to check out all of these ideas. I'm with you on not having enough time for all the cute stuff. Fortunately I get to push in to classes (I'm only 3-5), so I can do some of the cute stuff in there and let the teacher finish the activity.

    Don't Let The Teacher Stay Up Late

    1. Hi Melissa! I push into (2) classes this year, and the rest are pull-outs. I see grades K-5 with a concentration of K-2. Thanks for stopping by!


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