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Columbus Day

How do you teach a holiday based on both myth and fact to young students, some of whom are pre-literate? In upper grades, teachers can challenge students with questions about Columbus Day and what it stands for, but what can you do in early elementary classrooms? FIND OUT MORE »

Learning Resources

Learn about global contact and its impact

Image of Viking ship

Explore the world of the Vikings—the first European explorers of the [...] »

The first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation before the cabinet. 1862

One convenient source for major historical U.S. documents. [...] »

Engraving, Horse Racing of Sioux Indians..., 1804-1806, Original Lewis and Clark

Firsthand accounts of exploration range from Viking stories to early 19th- [...] »

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Teaching Resources

Guide students in analyzing European exploration

Map, Chinese map of the world, discovered by Lui Gang in 2005, 1763, Wikipedia

Did the Chinese discover America before Columbus? How would or does this impact [...] »

Coat of arms, Christopher Columbus, Library of Congress

First-grade teacher Jennifer Orr answers the question, how do you teach when [...] »

Photo, Christopher Columbus Society, 10/12/26, Oct. 12, 1926, LoC

Is Columbus Day just another school day (or day off), or a teachable moment? [...] »

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Quizzes

See how much you know about Columbus Day!

Print, The triumph of Christopher Columbus, n.d., Library of Congress

Who else left Europe following the call of wealth, fame, religion, or other [...] »

Print, "Christopher Columbus," New York Public Library Digital Gallery

In 1492, what did Columbus really do? [...] »

Christopher Columbus—a legend without a face? Answer these questions [...] »

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