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1 Student Handouts, Inc. Name: Date: Class: Part I: Period of Discovery The Boy Columbus About this time (1400s) there lived in Italy a boy by the name of Christopher Columbus. He lived at Genoa, a small seaport town on the Mediterranean Sea. When not at school Columbus was generally found standing about the wharves, watching the great ships come and go and listening to the marvelous stories told by the sailors. Genoa at this time was a very rich town and sent ships to all parts of the known world. The little boy drank in all the wonderful stories the sailors were so fond of telling, and thus learned much of the far away countries. I shall be a sailor, he would say to himself as he listened; and then, like all other small lads, he longed to grow big and strong. His parents were poor but wise and tried to give him a good education. He was taught to read and write, and when old enough his father sent him away to school, where he could study arithmetic, drawing and geography. He learned Latin, wrote a good hand, and could draw maps and charts for the use of sailors, by which last calling he was able to support himself when he came to be a man. He was only fourteen years old when he made his first voyage upon the great blue sea with some traders bound for the East Indies. From that time on, his life was like that of all sailors, I suppose, full of adventures, narrow escapes and marvelous experiences. When thirty-five years old, he went to Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal. He was a quiet, dignified, thoughtful man. His hair had grown white, and he had here and there on his face lines of care and trouble. The stories of sea-gods and wind-gods had long ceased to satisfy him. He said there must be something different from this. And so, year after year, he pondered upon the shape of the earth. He read every account of travels, every story of adventure, every theory of the earth s size and shape that he could find. It is easy enough to guess about these things, he would say, but there must be some natural law, some real fact, that, if discovered, would give us the true knowledge. Questions 1. Where did Christopher Columbus live as a young boy? 2. According to this brief sketch, what language did Columbus study at school? 3. How old was Columbus when he made his first voyage upon the great blue sea? 4. Lisbon is the capital city of what European country? 5. Imagine that you are Columbus, growing up in a coastal trading town. Might you be drawn to sailing? Why or why not? Visit for free interactive test-prep games no log-in required!

2 Name: After a stop in the Canary Islands, Columbus and his crew spot land and name it San Salvador (now the Bahamas). This is the discovery of America. October, 1492 CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS TIMELINE Directions: Use the information provided in the timeline to answer the questions. Columbus arrives back in Palos, Spain bringing his news of the New World March, 1493 Columbus returns to Spain from his second voyage. September, 1494 Grade Columbus arrives in Cape Verde Islands, near Trinidad. He crosses over to the South America. July, 1498 Christopher Columbus dies at the Spanish court at Valladolid May, 1506 August, 1492 Columbus departs Palos, Spain with three ships; Santa María, Pinta and Santa Clara. January, 1493 After making stops in Cuba, and Dom. Republic, Columbus heads back to Spain. 1. What land did Columbus discover after the Canary Islands in 1492? September, 1493 Columbus second voyage consisting of 16 ships carrying 1500 men leaves Cadiz, Spain. Columbus explores Hispaniola (Jamaica) and Haiti. May, 1498 The Third voyage of Columbus leaves from Seville, Spain, with six ships Fourth and final voyage leaves from Cadiz, Spain, with four ships 2. Name the 3 ships that sailed on Columbus first voyage? 3. What was the length (in months) of Columbus first voyage? 4. What land(s) did Columbus discover on his second voyage? 5. Which voyage did Columbus discover South America? Copyright EducatorWorksheets.com

3 CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS Not much is known for certain about the early life of Christopher Columbus. According to most accounts, he was born in 1451 in Genoa, Italy. His brother Bartholomeo was a chart maker in Lisbon, Portugal. Columbus probably studied chart making with his brother. Columbus believed that the world could be circumnavigated (traveled around), and he wanted to travel the seas to prove it. He was very interested in exploration. Although most people of Columbus time knew that Earth was round, not many believed that it was possible to get all the way around it by boat. Among other things, it was believed that a ship would run out of supplies before it reached land again. At that time, spice merchants were looking for a new route to Asia. Asia was a large trading area, but it was very difficult to reach by traveling east across land. Columbus believed that it would be possible to reach Asia by traveling west across the sea. Columbus requested support from many people to help him travel the seas. Finally, Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain granted his request, and gave him the money he needed for his voyage. On August 3, 1492, Columbus and ninety men set sail on the Santa Maria along with two other ships, the Niña and the Pinta. The voyage was hard and many men were sick and tired. On October 11, at ten o clock at night, they finally saw land. Since Columbus thought they had reached the Indies (in Asia), he and his crew expected to see people that were Indian. Even when they found out that they were not in Asia, they were happy to have found a new place that they could trade with. Columbus named the area where they landed San Salvador, and claimed the area for Spain. Columbus continued to explore the New World and made several other voyages. Today Columbus Day is observed in the United States on the second Monday in October. Banks and government offices are closed to honor the explorer who is believed by many to be the first European to have discovered the New World of the Americas abcteach.com

4 ANSWER THE QUESTIONS ABOUT CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS: 1. Columbus went on his famous voyage because a. he wanted to be a sailor. b. he believed the world could be traveled all the way around. c. he liked Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain. d. he wanted to discover America. 2. Which of the following is NOT true? a. Columbus was Italian. b. Columbus was a Spanish prince. c. Columbus thought he had arrived in Asia. 3. Which ship did Columbus sail on? a. the Niña b. the Santa Maria c. the Mayflower 4. About how long did it take Columbus to reach the new land? a. three years b. three months c. two months 5. Which of the following IS true? a. Columbus discovered a new route to Asia for the spice merchants. b. Columbus was a sailor and explorer. c. Columbus believed the world was flat. d. both b and c 6. Who probably most influenced Columbus interest in sailing and exploring? a. the King and Queen of Spain b. his father c. his brother 7. Columbus Day is observed in the United States on. a. the third week of October b. October 31st c. the second Monday in October 2007 abcteach.com

5 Fish Caught Fishing Trip Results A.M. 8 A.M. 9 A.M. 10 A.M. 11 A.M. 12 P.M. Time 1) What time were the most fish caught? Reading a Line Graph 2) What time were the fewest fish caught? 3) From 11 A.M. to 12 P.M. did the number of fish caught increase or decrease? Name: The graph below shows the number of fish caught in a day. Use the graph to answer the questions. Answers A.M A.M. 3. Decrease A.M A.M yes 4) How many fish were caught at 9 A.M.? 5) How many fish were caught at 10 A.M.? 6) Were more fish caught at 10 A.M. or at 11 A.M.? 7) Were fewer fish caught at 10 A.M. or at 9 A.M.? 8) What is the difference in the number of fish caught at 9 A.M. and the number caught at 12 P.M.? 9) What is the total number of fish caught? 10) Were there at least 5 caught at 8 A.M.? Math

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