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    Columbus/ Indigenous Peoples' Day
    By Kathy

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    Even first graders can have a valid discussion about who actually "discovered" America. There's a picture book called Encounter, by Jane Yolen, which tells the story of Columbus's landing from a young native boy's point of view. Probably a bit heavy for first graders, though. Maybe there's a similar book on an appropriate level. Then read a traditional version of the story. (I think it's important to present both sides of a story). Have the kids talk about it and maybe paint a mural of the two cultures meeting.

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