When students are given the gift of a three-day weekend, it’s always fun to make sure they know why they’re getting that extra day off. Surprise your students with a pop quiz, and a reminder of the great service each of our presidents provided for our country. Grab your free, editable quiz here.
This video, created by a US History student, showcases many excellent photos of Dr. Martin Luther King and includes voice over of King’s “We shall overcome” speech. Before heading out for the three day weekend, be sure your students know why Monday is observed as a national holiday.
If your students are suffering from the cold-weather blues, turn your classroom into a summer resort for a day or a week. They will get a chance to pretend it’s warm, and also do comparison activities that will put their brains to work.
Perhaps responsibility isn’t exactly running rampant these days, if twice in the same day I read a quote from the Spiderman movie, “With great power comes great responsibility.” The second reference comes from the introduction to Stephen Smoke’s new book – Teen Bill of Responsibilities: A Rights & Responsibilities Workbook for Guys & Girls.
The summer solstice here in the northern hemisphere marks a time when the earth’s axis tilts towards the sun, as it will between June and September, causing warm weather and “longer” days in the northern hemisphere, and cold weather and “shorter” days in the southern hemisphere.
St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, is a time of parades and celebration here in the U.S. In addition to touring the sites below, consider exploring with your class how you might celebrate everyone’s heritage in your class.
A fun art activity to accompany a unit where students learn about Indians from the area that is now the state of Arizona.
People produce a lot of trash, and in spite of many efforts, our landfills are filling up. What can be done about the garbage we produce, and how can this wasteful public attitude be changed?
Parents can help their children do this lesson on neighborhood awareness. It’s one thing to say you do or don’t like your neighborhood, and quite another to know why.
To teach “real-world” money management with an in-classroom shopping environment.
Show students what it was like to live in the age of World War 2.
Archive of Teachnet’s ballot from the dramatic 2000 Presidential Election.
After studying a certain location (city, state or country) students will write diary entries from the perspectives of fictitious people, listing positive aspects of the location studied. This activity would be a way of assessing the students’ knowledge of the area studied.
Organizational skills have got to be high on the list of things our students need improvement in. While flow charts may not seem to be for everyone, they are part of a project management process that is researched and works very well in not only showing the process of a project, but in its best form, also the time needed for completion.
History is study of the past so that one can learn about their position in the present. In other words, “How did I get here?” In order to understand how a person has arrived in the place and setting that they are in, it is important to learn about the events and situations that have shaped and influenced our community, society, and human condition.