Body or Procedures:
Read the book, Young Christopher Columbus Discoverer of the New World by Eric Carpenter- tell the students to listen for the names of Columbus’s ships
Review who Christopher Columbus is, and why he is important to us
Ask the students some questions about the read aloud:
How did Columbus get to the Americas?
How many ships did he sail on?
What were the names of Columbus’s three ships?
Which directions did Columbus sail- North, South, East, or West?
Discuss these answers as a class- make sure the students identified the names of the ships- the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria
Teach the students a song to help them better remember:
“Christopher Columbus was a brave and mighty sailor.
He sailed west instead of east he was a great explorer.
Nina, Pinta, were 2 ships, Santa Maria too.
Christopher please don’t turn back,
America waits for you!”
*Add movements if there is time
Have students complete “The Way Columbus Came” worksheet:
Before the students begin, review once again how Columbus sailed to the west (point to the west arrow on the worksheet)
Have the students cut out Columbus’s three ships
Tell the students to glue the ships in a row towards the west- assist any students who needs help
Once the students have completed the worksheet, instruct them to put it in the front of the room to dry
Explain to the students that they will now be making their own ships- each student will choose whether they want to make it with construction paper or food: divide them into small groups depending on their answers
Making ships out of food:
Each student will receive a peanut-butter sandwich (cut diagonally in half)
The students will insert pretzel sticks in the cut edge of the sandwich
Then they will add rectangular pieces of white bread into the sticks to represent the sail
Making ships out of construction paper:
Students will be given a pattern of the boat- the bottom and the sail
Instruct the students to cut each piece out
Have the students glue a popsicle stick to the back of the bottom of the boat (the stick should show over the boat)
Allow the students to glue the sail to the top of the stick
Review the names of the ships and why they are important.