Sunday, October 12, 2008

Columbus Day

Every year around Columbus Day teachers on the message board I subscribe to ask for "cute" ideas for teaching Columbus Day. For some reason, Columbus Day and cute don't belong in the same sentence to me!

What do I do on Columbus Day in the classroom? Nothing special, it is just business as usual in my room. I don't have too much time for anything else.

If I did take the time for it though, I might use the song posted below.

Nancy Schimmel

In fourteen hundred ninety-two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue,
It was a courageous thing to do
But someone was already here.

Columbus knew the world was round
So he looked for the East while westward bound,
But he didn't find what he thought he found,
And someone was already here.

The Inuit and Cherokee,
The Aztec and Menominee,
The Onandaga and the Cree;
Columbus sailed across the sea,
But someone was already here.

It isn't like it was empty space,
Caribs met him face to face.
Could anyone discover the place
When someone was already here?


So tell me, who discovered what?
He thought he was in a different spot.
Columbus was lost, the Caribs were not;
They were already here.



Of Life, Education, E-bay, Travel & Books said...

I love this! Where-ever did you find it? I'm supposed to work on a unit with my G/T first graders where they are supposed to "debate" who discovered America. I think I'll teach them this instead. :-)

MsAbcMom said...

I sent you the info via e-mail!

Not Quite Grown Up said...

That poem is wonderful!

mari said...

Beautiful ~ !

Coco said...

I like it!
Thank you for posting it...
I'll borrow it for next year's class.

Take Care!