For quite a few years now, we have been doing a Columbus Voyage with our first graders. I blogged about it 2 years ago HERE.
This year I’m at a different school and fortunately I work with some amazing 1st grade teachers that jumped right in and wanted to do this voyage as well. We did have to adjust some things due to the fact that we have more than double the 1st graders than we did in my other school. It just didn’t seem like a good idea to have 115 1st graders going into 7 different classrooms to trade items. Instead, we put all of our trading items in a large conference room and our recess aides helped to trade with our students.
First, each student was given a snack bag to represent our food on our long journey and we decorated our Columbus Day hats.
Each student was also given a bag of 7 trinkets (bells, beads, jewels, and mirrors) to use as trading items. Then, we began our voyage as explorers and we walked around the outside of the school for our 2 month voyage across the ocean.
When we reached “land,” we met the Native Americans and traded our trinkets for items from the New World.
We took all of our new items back across the ocean and to our classroom to begin working in our Columbus Day Voyage booklets.
It was a lot of fun and the students loved it! You can download this packet for free by clicking HERE.
We also completed this short Columbus Day booklet if you want to check it out.