Columbus Day Worksheets

What is Columbus Day?

There are so many celebrations and holidays that are celebrated throughout the year. Every holiday has its own significance and reason. Some days are a way to honor people who played a pivotal role in history; other days are important because they are religious in nature; some have cultural significance and lots more reasons! Among all these holidays, a particularly important national holiday that is celebrated throughout the United States of America is the Columbus Day. Do you know what it is? Let us take a look! Every year, a national holiday is observed across many countries of the Americas, which is known as Columbus Day. Columbus Day is a celebration of the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas on the 12th of October 1492. Who was Columbus? Let us see! Christopher Columbus was an Italian explorer who set sail across the Atlantic Ocean in search of a faster route to the Far East, and that is when he stumbled upon the Americas! This is why every year; we celebrate Columbus Day.

What Is Columbus Day?

A nicely designed reading comprehension activity.


Complete the dotted sentences.

Reading Comp. on the Man

A reading passage to help you get through all of this work.


Put these Columbus Day words in alphabetical order.

Sentence Fill

Match the words to the clues.


Put the events in order.


Solve the cryptogram by figuring out the code. Fill in the missing letters to decode the phrase.


Columbus Day is controversial, because Columbus and his crew did not treat the indigenous people that they encountered in the Americas very well. In some cases they enslaved them. Do you think that we should continue to celebrate Columbus Day? Write a persuasive paragraph that supports either continuing to celebrate Columbus Day, or discontinuing it as a holiday. Use the back of the page if you need more space.

Picture Sentences

Draw a line from the sentence to the matching picture.

Five Sentences

Write five sentences about Columbus Day. Color the ships.

Word Games

Unscramble the words that are related to exploring.

Complete the Patterns

Cut and paste to complete the pattern in each row.

Discovery... Writing

These prompts will help you reflect on the unit.

Word Crazy

How many words can you make out of the letters that spell Happy Columbus Day? Write as many words as you can on the lines below.

Columbus Day Acrostic Poem

Students examine the properties of the Columbus Day.

Explorer Acrostic Poem

What are the unique qualities of explorers?

Sailors Acrostic Poem

Funny to think that most explorers were sailors.

Alphabetic Order

Student place Columbus Day related words in alphabetic order.

Bingo Cards

A series of fun directed at words that relate to this theme.

Visual Crossword Puzzle

Students determine the vocabulary word described by the picture.


A fantastic anticipatory and closer on this holiday.


Help Columbus find his ship.

Spelling Words

Fill in the missing letters to spell the words correctly. Answer key included.

Visual Addition

Add the ships together.

Visual Subtraction

Find the difference between the number of scopes.

Word Chop

Use the tiles to create words related to Columbus Day.

Word Scramble

Unscramble the words.

Word Search

Find the words hidden in the puzzle.

Word Wall

Words to post in your classroom for Columbus Day.