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Crooked Billet Elementary: Christopher Columbus

Let's think about Christopher Columbus for a moment......

Whether by luck or by a plan, Christopher Columbus carries a lot of responsible for the existence of modern-day America — and for this he has earned his place in history. 

After five centuries, Columbus remains a controversial figure who has been described as the bravest mariners in history, a visionary genius, and a national hero; he has also been described as a ruthless and greedy individual who helped to enslaved native Indians.  Fiend or friend?  It is your task to look at the facts about this man and come to your own conclusions.

To get you started, we have included the famous poem about Christopher Columbus.

IN 1492
In fourteen hundred ninety-two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

He had three ships and left from Spain;
He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain.

He sailed by night; he sailed by day;
He used the stars to find his way.

A compass also helped him know
How to find the way to go.

Ninety sailors were on board;
Some men worked while others snored.

Then the workers went to sleep;
And others watched the ocean deep.

Day after day they looked for land;
They dreamed of trees and rocks and sand.

October 12 their dream came true,
You never saw a happier crew!

"Indians!  Indians!"  Columbus cried;
His heart was filled with joyful pride.

But "India" the land was not;
It was the Bahamas, and it was hot.

The Arakawa natives were very nice;
They gave the sailors food and spice.

Columbus sailed on to find some gold
To bring back home, as he'd been told.

He made the trip again and again,
Trading gold to bring to Spain.

The first American?  No, not quite.
But Columbus was brave, and he was bright.

Author Unknown

Some Great Books on Christopher Columbus!

Here are a few great books on the subject that can be found in Crooked Billet Library!

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Research Model

Checklist for Research Model

1.    DEFINE…..Task definition……What is the task? What is the question I am asking? What types of information do I need?

2.    INFO-SEEK…Information seeking strategies…..What are the possible resources?  Which are the best?

3.    GET………Locate and access information…..Where is each source? Where is the information in the source?

4.    USE…….Use of information……What information in each source is useful?

5.    PRODUCE…….Synthesis…..How can I organize this information?  How will I present this information?

6.    THE PRODUCT…..Evaluation…….Is the task complete?  Did I answer my question?  How could I do things better next time?

Developed by Barbara A. Jansen, 2004. Big6 copyright Berkowitz and Eisenberg, 1990.



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Book Citation Tutorial Video

This video tutorial demonstrates how to create a citation for a book when you are using the book to write the citation.

Create a Citation List

This video tutorial demonstrates how to create a citation list on the OPAC.

Resource Evaluation


Don't forget to create a citation for each resource that you use. You can click on any of the forms below and print one out for your use.  You can also print out the Note Taking Template to help with note taking.

Power Library - Sirs Discoverer

Don't forget to check Power Library for additional information. 

If in school........

1.  Open the Reference Folder

2.  Double Click the Power Library link

3.  Click on the drop arrow next to Children's Resources

4.  Click on SIRS Discoverer

5.  Type in the term you researching in the search box

6.  Choose and then read an article

If you are working from home, you will need to go on the Horsham Library website.  To access Power Library, you will need your public library card number.  Once you are on the site, follow the directions at #2 listed above.

Use your notes template to take notes as you read.  Ask your teacher or librarian if you need help.

Happy Researching!