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1 Grade Level: 1 st WHY IS COLUMBUS DAY IMPORTANT? Extension Lesson- Social Studies/History/Civics Sunshine State Standards Week #8 Learning Goal: Celebrating People From the Past Big Ideas & Benchmarks: SS.1.A.2.3 Identify celebrations and national holidays as a way of remembering and honoring the heroism and achievements of the people, events, and our nation s ethnic heritage (Veteran s Day, Thanksgiving, MLK Day, President s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day) SS.1.A.2.1 Understand history tells the story of people and events of other times and places Common Core: R.L.1.9- Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in the stories. FL Frameworks for K-12 Gifted Learners Goal 1 : Thinking Creatively Objective 1: the student identified as gifted will be able to critically examine the complexity of knowledge: the location, definition, and organization of a variety of fields of knowledge. Goal 3: Use and manipulate information sources Objective 1: The student identified as gifted will be able to conduct thoughtful research/exploration in multiple fields. Subject(s): (To be used during Week 8 on the 1st Grade CCPS Social Studies Curriculum Map) Description: As a way to identify celebrations and national holidays as a way of remembering and honoring the heroism and achievements of the people, events, and our nation s ethnic heritage, the students will explore the time exploration time period when Columbus sailed the ocean blue. After watching the (Angel) Discovery Education Video Columbus Day before Columbus Day, the class will highlight some of the major events that happened in his life. (See history snapshot for teachers history review) Identify strong character traits that he had in order to accomplish his goals. Perseverance, Courage, Self-Control, Heroism, Cooperation, Responsibility and Patience (all character traits definitions are attached). Then students will identify with one of the traits that they aspire to have and present this trait to the class dressed as Christopher Columbus. Closure: As you wrap up this lesson, have discussions on the strong/weak viewpoints. Then take a moment to relate these character traits to our own lives and how they affect the choices we make each day. Most importantly reflect how why we as a nation celebrate people and events in our history.

2 Teacher Activity Sheet Columbus's life encourages us to never give up on your dreams. (Extra Idea: Have each student dress up like Columbus and videotape presentations) Goal: Celebrating people and their accomplishments as national holidays are ways for students to learn about our history. Through strong character traits that Christopher Columbus exhibited students will learn about his history while identifying with a personal character trait that they admire and hope to develop. They will present their character trait (Optional, in costume) and explain how Christopher Columbus had this trait and why they aspire to have it. Materials: Christopher Columbus history and Character Trait sheet printed for each student and you can write them on large easel paper or under document camera, high lighters optional, camera. Procedure: 1. Introduce Character Trait Chart with students; explain that they will be introduced to the famous explorer Christopher Columbus who had these traits. 2. Watch the (Angel) Discovery Education Video Columbus Day before Columbus Day. Stop and discuss interesting points where he is showing specific character traits according to the character trait chart. 3. Read the document Christopher Columbus and site paragraphs where the character traits are shown. (The traits are in red, but you can delete them so that the students can apply what they know and interpret through the video and text.) As you read you can number the paragraphs for easy identification and In-Depth reading skills for deeper understanding of the text. (Common Core) 4. Have each child select a character trait that they identify with and have them circle that paragraph in the text that shows that trait. Explain that they will have to fill out the student activity sheet and present this to the class in costume, optional. 5. You may also use the Hot-Dok Higher Order questions (at the bottom of this document) to help with discussion starters.

3 Christopher Columbus For seven years Christopher Columbus traveled around Europe looking for someone who would finance his journey. The Kings and Queens of Europe made fun of him, saying that it was too risky and dangerous to attempt such a voyage around the globe. Self-Control Finally, Columbus arrived in Spain. For many years Spain had been caught up in civil war. As a result, they were behind much of Europe in their development. King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella were anxious to prove that Spain could be as powerful and successful as their neighbor Portugal. Perseverance In August of 1492, they granted Christopher Columbus the supplies, men and ships that he needed to carry out his expedition. Columbus was given three sailing ships. These ships were named the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria. Cooperation and Responsibility Columbus men were terrified that they would be lost at sea and that they would suffer starvation. As the days wore on these men began to turn against him. Columbus was forced to agree to turn back if they did not find land within three days. Perseverance/Courage On the night of the second day, just before he would have had to turn around, land was sighted. Columbus and his men discovered an island in the Caribbean, which they named Hispanolia. This island is the location of the present day nations of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Perseverance Columbus did not realize that he had arrived in a new part of the world. He was convinced that he was in India. For this reason, he called the natives who lived on these islands the Indians. Cooperation/Kindness Christopher Columbus discovered America!

4 Character Traits Perseverance- To persevere means to complete a task even when it becomes difficult, boring, or discouraging. Attributes: Working hard toward goals; Overcoming obstacles; Not giving up easily Self-Control- To be self-disciplined means to control one s behaviors and emotions and when necessary, to postpone immediate needs/desires for long term benefits. Attributes: Demonstrating self-control; Exercising moderation; Demonstrating effective habits; Demonstrating patience Kindness- To be kind means to treat other people, as you want to be treated. Attributes: Showing compassion; Showing empathy; Being considerate; Being friendly Courage- To have courage is to be brave and to have a personal strength to face difficulties, obstacles and challenges. Attributes: Working through real or imagined fear; Facing mistakes and learning from them; Standing up for what is right even when others make fun of you Responsibility- To be responsible means to be accountable for one s own actions, and to know and follow laws/rules/conduct codes. Attributes: Thinking before acting; Accepting consequences for your actions; Meeting commitments; Being dependable Cooperation- To cooperate means to be polite and have respect for each other. Attributes: Willingness to compromise to reach a common goal; Showing courtesy and kindness to others; Respecting the rights and feeling of others

5 Student Activity Sheet Columbus's life encourages us to never give up on your dreams. Pick a Character Trait Cooperation Responsibility Courage Self-Control Perseverance Kindness Write the character trait: How did Christopher Columbus show this trait? Why did you pick this character trait?

6 Dear Parents, I have decided to celebrate Columbus Day in a very special way. I identify with Christopher Columbus character trait and will be presenting this to my class on. I would like to honor him by dressing up like him, would you help me? It can be as easy as making a hat, putting white knee socks over my pants, or even dressing up completely! Please help me practice what I am going to say to my class. My teacher is going to film our presentations and share it with you. I can t wait to share what I know about this famous explorer and how I want to be like him. Love,

7 Teacher Background Knowledge to help with Learning Objectives 1) Know about the life of Christopher Columbus. a) Christopher Columbus was born in Italy in b) He did not want to be a weaver like his father but was interested in sailing instead. For years, he studied maps and charts, talked to sea captains, and went out on boats with fishermen. At the age of 14, while sailing to get wool for his father, he learned about sails, masts, ropes, compasses, and everything else needed in sailing. c) Christopher Columbus believed he could get east by sailing west because he believed the world was round. Most people did not believe him. d) On one voyage, pirates attacked his ship. He fought the pirates all day until his ship caught on fire. He was forced to jump into the sea, which caused him to hurt his leg. Eventually, fishermen dragged him out of the water and brought him to Lisbon, Portugal. While there, he learned Portuguese (the language of sailors at that time) and Latin (the language used in many books). e) Soon after this, he and his brother Bartholomew started their own shop where they made and sold maps. f) At the age of 28, he married. He and his wife had a son named Diego. g) He went to the king of Portugal to ask for money, promising to make the king rich. King John told him to leave his maps so his men could study them to determine if the plan were good or not. Christopher Columbus waited many months with no word from the king. King John had tricked him. The king sent his own captain out to sea using Columbus's maps and charts. Columbus felt betrayed; however, King John's captain failed in his voyage because he was too afraid to sail into the unknown. h) Columbus's wife died. He and his son left Portugal to travel to Spain. i) While in Spain, he left his son with monks and went to see the king and queen. He asked Ferdinand and Isabella to fund a voyage. They promised to think about it. After waiting six years, he hadn't heard from them. j) He decided to try going to France to get money. When he went to get his son from the monks, Father Perez begged him not to go. He said he would help Columbus get the money by writing to the king and queen of Spain asking if they would see Columbus again. Queen Isabella wrote back and said that she would see him. She agreed to give him the money he needed for his voyage. k) Three wooden ships were made for the journey: the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria. In order to sail the three ships, he needed 90 sailors. It was difficult finding enough sailors because many men were afraid that if they went too far into the sea, they would fall off the earth. The king's soldiers forced some men to sign up for the voyage, and some were released from jail to go on the ships. Along with them, Columbus took doctors, carpenters, and experienced seamen. l) Once the crew was in place, he loaded the ships with supplies. There was a year's worth of cheese, biscuits, salted meat and fish, and casks of water and wine. He also took a chest loaded with things to trade with the natives-things such as beads, mirrors, brass bells, and red caps. m) They set sail on August 3, n) They stopped at the Canary Islands to repair the Pinta and then set out west.

8 o) After sailing for a while, many men wanted to turn back. Some even wanted to kill Columbus or throw him overboard because he was continuing the voyage. p) Finally, on October 12, they spotted land. They planted Spain's flag on the ground and called the new land San Salvador. They called the natives of the new land Indians because they thought they were near India. q) They also sailed to other islands such as Haiti, which they called Hispaniola, and Cuba. r) After exploring the area a little bit more, they began their return to Spain. On the way back, the Santa Maria drifted into a coral reef and was wrecked. They returned to Spain on the other two ships and were welcomed as heroes. s) Columbus returned to the Americas three more times but never found the Far East. He was disappointed, but he knew that one day great men of the sea would find the route, and they did. 2) Know about Columbus Day as a holiday. a) President Franklin D. Roosevelt made Columbus Day a legal holiday in b) Columbus Day is observed in most states and Puerto Rico, some parts of Canada, some Central and South American countries, and Italy and Spain. c) In the United States, Columbus Day is celebrated on the second Monday in October. 3) Realize that one thing that can be learned from Columbus's life is to never give up on your dreams.

9 Teacher Resources

10 Hot DOK Questions 1 Can you recall? When did happen? Who was? How can you recognize? What is? How can you find the meaning of? Can you recall? Can you select? How would you write? What might you include on a list about? Who discovered? What is the formula for? Can you identify? How would you describe? Hot DOK Questions 2 Can you explain how affected? How would you apply what you learned to develop? How would you compare? Contrast? How would you classify? How are alike? Different? How would you classify the type of? What can you say about? How would you summarize?

11 How would you summarize? What steps are needed to edit? When would you use an outline to? How would you estimate? How could you organize? What would you use to classify? What do you notice about? Hot DOK Questions 3 How is related to? What conclusions can you draw? How would you adapt to create a different? How would you test? Can you predict the outcome if? What is the best answer? Why? What conclusion can be drawn from these three texts? What is your interpretation of this text? Support your rationale. How would you describe the sequence of? What facts would you select to support? Can you elaborate on the reason? What would happen if? Can you formulate a theory for? How would you test? Can you elaborate on the reason?

12 Hot DOK Questions 4 Write a thesis, drawing conclusions from multiple sources. Design and conduct an experiment. Gather information to develop alternative explanations for the results of an experiment. Write a research paper on a topic. Apply information from one text to another text to develop a persuasive argument. What information can you gather to support your idea about? DOK 4 would most likely be the writing of a research paper or applying information from one text to another text to develop a persuasive argument. DOK 4 requires time for extended thinking.

13 Available Rubrics

14 Classroom Formative Assessment Generic Rubric Design Scale 4 In addition to exhibiting level 3 performance, the student responses demonstrate in-depth inferences and applications that go beyond what was taught in class. 3 The student s responses indicate no major errors or omissions regarding any of the information and/or processes taught in class. 2 The student s indicate errors or incomplete knowledge of the information and/or processes; however they do not indicate major errors or omissions relative to simpler details and processes. 1 The student provides responses that indicate a distinct lack of understanding of the knowledge. However with help, the student demonstrates partial understanding of some of the knowledge. 0 The student provides little or no response. Even with help the student does not exhibit a partial understanding of the knowledge. Student Language I know it better than my teacher taught it. I know it just the way my teacher taught it. I know some of the simpler stuff, but can t do the harder parts. With some help, I can do it. Even with help, I can t do it. Source: Robert Marzano, Classroom Formative Assessment and Grading

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