Center Focus

Columbus Acrostic

  1. This activity should be done as a closing center during your study of Columbus. Students should have had ample time to develop an opinion about Columbus' character and heroic ness.
  2. They will make an acrostic about Columbus based on their opinion about him.
  3. Depending on the ability of your students, you can have them simply write descriptive words for each letter in Columbus' name, or you can have them write a continuous essay about him using the letters of his name to begin each line of prose. Or they could make it into a poem. There are many ways to do this activity.
  4. After completing their acrostics, students should make a final copy and decorate the borders of the paper with illustrations, yarn, confetti, etc.
  5. Make sure to display these around the classroom.

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