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Week Unit - Sixteen Lessons
unit is based on The Checklist and is designed to be completed
in eight weeks, completing two, 1 - 2 hour lessons per
however, you can customize it to any length, depending
upon how much material you cover and how long you take
to cover it.
Read over General Directions
for Cindy's Unit Studies for information on how
to teach the unit.
Each lesson, read The World of Columbus & Sons, watch
a video, and/or research on the internet. Then complete
a History Pocket lesson for the day. If time, select any
other activity(ies) or independent reading suggestions
Reading Suggestions, purchase or borrow from library:
In The Time Of Columbus From Earliest Times To 1590
by Sally Isaacs, nicely illustrated, (J 970.01 I73am 1998),
biographies of: Balboa, John Cabot, Jacque Cartier, Coronado,
Cortes, Vasco de Gama, Hernado de Soto, Sir Francis Drake,
Henry Hudson, La Salle, Jacques Marquette, Ponce de Leon,
Columbus (Our People Series) by Judy Alter.
32 pgs, color, ISBN 1567661610, 3-6
Their Own Words: Christopher Columbus by Peter
Roop (J 92 C72r 2000), 128 pgs. illus, 4-8+
and the Strangers by Nathaniel Benchley. 59
pgs. I Can Read History series. (R Ben) 1-3+
Do You Think You’re Going, Christopher Columbus,
by Jean Fritz. ISBN 0698115805.
a search on library catalog for “explorers and video”.
Select any explorer video to watch.
Activities and Research:
Polo for Kids by Janis Herbert,
& a few activities. ISBN 1556523777.
Columbus from Nest Entertainment (movie trailer).
Thematic Unit by
TCM. Hands on activities, reading, and composition projects.
The books used in "Explorers"
(that will need to be purchased or borrowed) are: "The
Log of Christopher Columbus' First Voyage to America"
"The Usborne Book of Explorers"
History News: The Explorers
you can read all about it in this special edition "newspaper"
chronicling top stories of great explorers. From the
Phoenicians' first forays, to the Trieste's 6-mile descent
to the deepest ocean floor, large-format news articles
tell the story of great discoveries with full-color illustrations,
maps, and special interest columns. 32 pages, ISBN 0763603147.
Columbus Adventurous story of Columbus who
fearlessly sailed across the Atlantic at a time when people
believed the world was flat. Beautiful illustrations. Recommended
for ages 4 to 11. ISBN 0964380331.
Timeline Characters Timeline
Characters on a durable vinyl wall chart. ISBN 0970902727.
sure to enter these topics on your copy of The
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