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Teachers Network: Adaptor Grants: Christopher Columbus Webquest

Original Project by Deirdre Kelly

Adapted By:
Danielle Taylor & Rebecca Sacra
P.S. 261

New York, NY
Principal:
Zipporiah Mills

Danielle Taylor is in her fourth year of teaching as a fourth grade teacher.  She has a Masters degree in elementary education.  Rebecca Sacra graduated in 2004 from NYU with a Masters in Childhood Special Education.  Rebecca is a fourth grade CTT teachers at PS 261.


Modifications

We created worksheets for this unit. There was a lot of reading involved. We also used primary documents including maps and pictures for students to look at. We also used read-aloud during the unit including Remember Patience Whipple by Karyn Lasky. We wanted students to get a better feel about what life was like on a ship.

Instructional Objectives

Students will:

  • Incorporate technology

  • Understand what life on a ship was like

  • Introduce Columbus and focus on instruments of navigation


Technology Integration

Technology played a major role but was balanced with read-aloud, primary documents and homework. This was a three week study. Laptops were used twice a week for about one hour.

Assessment

Students were assessed through in-class observations, homework and partnership work. We also created class charts including a KWL chart which demonstrated what they had learned. 

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We wanted students to focus on life aboard a ship, what ships looked like and important instruments used for navigations. For step 1, students mostly read about Columbus.  Step 2, we created the ship worksheets. For step 3, students wrote journal entries and the map worksheet to look at the map of Columbus’s first landing. When reading about Columbus and celestial we gave them the Astrolabe and compass worksheets.


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