Christopher in Poetry

So this week, bringing up the end of our school year, we are learning about Christopher Columbus. 2nd grade was learning about communities, holidays, goods, services, towns, ect. In 3rd grade we plan to make a step toward American History. I have chosen to start with Christopher Columbus. This week I have had her writing the famous poem about Christopher Columbus, just as a writing assignment. My goal was simply to spark her interest. She has written a small section every day this week, and sat there for about an hour to do it. I let her work at her own pace. I firmly believe in letting your children talk to you. Don’t get frustrated when they ask questions! So anyway, yesterday, she was able to recite (YES RECITE!) most of the poem. I love this! Now she was not required to do this, and I believe she was as shocked as me! Thank God for the little things 🙂

The Poem: In 1492


In fourteen 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.


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