Tuesday, June 14, 2011

History Detective Report



I randomly came up with this idea during the last week of school. One of my reading groups had finished their book and project before any of the other groups had finished. Instead of giving them a new book (there was only one week left), I quickly created this template and told them to pick an event in history and research it. I had one boy choose the Vikings, someone else chose the atomic bomb, a girl wanted the great depression, and another student picked the Korean war. 

I loved that everyone had such diverse topics. After they got started, I saw some great learning take place in my classroom! Because it's an inquiry-based activity, they generated their own questions. And because they got to choose their own topic, they were excited and felt ownership over the project. I plan on using this next year as a fun fast finisher activity. 

This list is something I quickly generated. {I know it is not all inclusive - if I left something off that you really want me to add on, please leave me a comment.} This would be fun to hang up somewhere in the back of the classroom so fast finishers can work on a project whenever they want. 

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Want to hear some GREAT news? I am leaving next week on an 8 day history trip to Virginia where I get to study at the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute! I also get to visit Jamestown and Yorktown. I'm so excited! I plan on posting lots of the things I learn, including pictures!

11 comments:

Shannon said...

WOW! I don't teach history,but I do want to have my kids do some research this next year, and you have made it super easy for me! Thanks a million! :)

Natalie Kay said...

Thanks Shannon! I hope you can use it!!

Rachelle said...

Oh my goodness! Have so much fun on your trip! We can't wait to hear about it!!!! MISS YOU!

Whity Wife said...

LOVE. IT. Perfect addition to my 'someday soon' classroom!

Anonymous said...

I am a student at a college in SC. I am wondering if all of you could help me with an assignment by telling me if you do specific lessons with your students to teach comprehension of informational texts. If so, what types of activities and strategies do you use? I would appreciate it greatly. Thanks.

Daniel Powell
Anderson University

Christine said...

This is great! I'm excited to use it next year. AND I'm excited for that trip too!

Ashleigh said...

Have a great time on your trip. It sounds wonderful.

Tiff said...

I'm having trouble getting it to show up on Google Docs. It says it is unavailable? It looks awesome!!!

Qxmsass Seo said...

Thanks Do My Assignment

Katie said...

Did you ever do a post about your trip to Colonial Williamsburg? I am applying to go on the trip this summer and would love to hear about it!!

Marissa said...

I am having trouble opening as well :( Looks awesome :)

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