Over the past few weeks, Becky and I invested some time in creating a new Columbus activity set for 1st - 3rd graders. Surprisingly, there are over 466 Christopher Columbus resources on TPT for 1st and 2nd grade alone.
The sequencing activity (seen below) reinforces the basic components of chronological reasoning (skill 1).
I am convinced that good social studies skills are simply good critical thinking skills. These activities provide foundational historical thinking skills that will help students in both ELA and future social studies classes. Ultimately, we need to create engaging opportunities for students to understand that social studies is relevant and interesting.