I tell my class that they will find out later about the items during our social studies lesson. In the meantime, I ask them to see if they can figure out how the items our related. Usually they will look at the outer characteristics first. Do they all have blue on them? Are they all round? Are they made of wood?
Later in the day, when I begin the lesson, I ask volunteers to share their conclusions of how these items are related. Then I give them a clue. CLUE: Something happened to these items 100 years ago. What happened to them 100 years ago?
Put them in small groups and assign each group one of the items from the table. Remind them to check the credibility of their sources if they are using the internet. Did they look at several different sources? Do all the sources give the same date? If not, why do different sources use different dates?
After group research time is over, give your groups time to report their findings.
One of the things I have found with my students when I use this is this interest carries over to home - - - without ANY ASSIGNED HOMEWORK. How great is that?!!!
Students ask if they can add to our interest table with other items from 100 years ago. Of course, I say yes because this is exactly my intention for setting it up in the first place. When students bring in items throughout our unit, I let them have a little time to share their findings. Students researching and continuing their learning at home, isn't that what we all want?
There is a list of famous people from 100 years ago. Some of these people were born 100 years ago and some of these people accomplished something 100 years ago. The list includes inventors which is a great way to integrate this with science, African American so you can integrate this with your Black History Month unit, and authors such as Roald Dahl and Beverly Clearly - perfect way to enrich an author study.
The circle pie organizer in the picture above is what I use with students the first time we do a project. In the picture with the sign up list is a research wallet. Students keep their notecards in the different pockets. All students can benefit from using either one of these. After we complete writing our biographies, I hang up their circle pie organizer or research wallet next to the paper. These make great bulletin boards that are interactive.
There is also an ink friendly rectangular signs that fit in pocket charts. Students can make their own timeline of multiple events with a printable included.
These are lessons can be taught at any time of the year. Or use these lessons to enrich:
- 100th Day of School
- Biography Unit
- Black History Month
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