Columbus Day honors the explorer Christopher Columbus, who first landed in the New World on October 12, 1492. While Columbus's nationality has never been positively identified, many believe he was of Italian descent, and throughout the nineteenth century, Italian-Americans held celebrations in cities across the United States to honor his memory. In 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed October 12 Columbus Day. President Richard Nixon later declared Columbus Day a national holiday to be observed the second Monday of each October.
This page features educational activities related to Columbus Day. Discussion topics were originally designed with ESL/EFL students in mind, but are suitable for students of varying ages and ability levels. Given the controversy that surrounds this particular holiday, some discussion topics can also be used as a springboard for debate or argumentative essays. Crafts and songs are geared toward young children, while language activities were designed with older children in mind. Poetry, recommended books, and links pages include something for everyone.
|Arts and Crafts for Columbus Day|
|Discussion Topics for Columbus Day|
|Language Activities for Columbus Day|
|The History of Columbus Day|
|Poetry for Columbus Day|
|Puzzles for Columbus Day|
|Printables for Columbus Day|
|Recommended Books for Columbus Day|
|Songs and Fingerplays for Columbus Day|
|Links to Other Resources for Columbus Day|
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