I am thinking that I will use the theater game, the walk around, in order to teach the trail of tears. I think that the students would relish the opportunity to walk around and I hope that they would allow themselves to picture and think about the experience. I also intend to use the drama idea for the lunch counter at Woolworth. Any opportunity for the students to personally connect with history is time well spent.
I will definately be using the pictures, letters and other primary sources that are available on History explorer. I am also going to try some of the drama ideas such as the walk and think. I would like to use that when I teach the Indian Removal Act ("trail of tears") I look forward to using the site to find many more ideas that I can use and share. Julie Bodin
I plan to use the Walk Around theatre activity to incorporate into the introduction of a Reconstruction Unit. While they are walking I want them to pretend they are walking back from the war. Pick a side that your are walking back from (Confederate soldier or Union). What are you walking back to? What are you bringing with you? How are you going to pick up the pieces when you get there? Will you be able to pick back up where you left off or start over?
My idea was to expand on a lesson I created about the Civil Rights Movement. The lesson incorporated works of art from the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the "Oh Freedom!" Website.My students used primary sources to create an art project reflecting the impact of the Civil Rights Movement on Louisiana and the entire United States.
I plan to incorporate the information I learned about the Greensboro's sit-ins and the "Join the Students Sit- ins" video into my lesson.
I plan on using Preparing for the Oath to teach Civics in the classroom. I also plan on using some of the Primary Sources in teaching Westward Expansion. I found some primary sources on the Mexican American War that I am going to incorporate as part of a DBQ on Manifest Destiny.
I intend on incorporating objects to kick off my Black History Month unit. I found the lesson for the book Martin's Big Words. I feel like after completing that activity, we could move forward to the Comic Book Hero lesson. Both of these activities will give the students a strong sense of exactly WHO Martin Luther King, Jr. was and exactly what he believed. It will also serve as a good hook to get the students interested in the rest of the unit.
I think the best way to kick off any unit or lesson is to use an object and let the students debate. There is so much power in having the students defend their thoughts about anything with evidence they found. Learning through exploration sparks a higher level of thinking and comprehension!
I'm thinking about a WWII based project about experiences of third and fourth graders during the war. I'm planning to use posters, primary source photographs, perhaps adapt our current gardening program to a victory garden, try to get a footlocker from the WWII Museum, and also schedule a Redball Express visit. The final project for the kids might be to create a poster that would persuade other school children to take part in supporting the war effort. I'm still ruminating, so some of this will change.
I will definately be using the Grab Bag activity. Students will have to research some of the people they are unfamiliar with to be able to have a valid discussion for their posiiton. I would also like to do a variation on this activity where they have different spinner topics and use events in history to discuss populations reached, people helped, most significate changes/results, etc. This would be a good way to review people and events and make the lessons more enriching. I will also use the Language Arts Integration/Historical Investigations. This is an excellent way to utilize primary sources having students be more observant and view things from a new perspective. This will help create a more profound grasp of the content rather than a superficial view to just "get through" a topic for the test.
I can't wait to use the Lincoln's watch video and information when I get to the Civil War unit. In the meantime, I will search to find something in the Let's Do History cache to use for upcoming lessons which include George Washington as President, Louisiana Purchase.
The historical investigation idea is great. Look forward to implementing it...next week, I cover the Bill of Rights. I will try to use the ideas to make the lesson more kid appealing!!
I was looking for something new to teach about Martin Luther King, Jr. , and I immediately found an awesome lesson! It incorporates primary source documents (speeches), technology, as well as children's literature. My class will definitely enjoy this lesson, "Word Art with King's Words".
I plan to use the flint when I teach the novel, Hatchet, later this year. I also really liked the idea of objects as an access point to a lesson. I am going to think of a way to incorporate this into a lesson. I can see where this would make an impact on my fifth graders. Even though I don't teach about John Brown, I plan to use some of the information you shared about the man to compare and contrast a speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. I think it will be interesting since the two men handled a serious problem in two totally different ways.
I plan to use the website especially to gain ideas for incorporating interactive activities regarding historical connections both locally and globally thru the use of technology. My students could benefit from using these technology connections, drama and hands-on activities. This week we are studying Colonial Times. Based on the presentation within our school district, I have incorporated an exploratory object activity and added more interactive activities such as the, "Walk-Around Activity," weekly to further encourage my students to take a more enthusiastic interest in history.
Thank you very much for visiting our school district and teaching us (teachers) so many different new lessons to bring back into their classrooms!
I plan to use objects (Teaching with Objects) to introduce lessons. Not only will students become more interested in the lessons but I'm hoping that students begin/ continue to love historical topics. Also, I plan to explore many lessons including "Object Portaits" to help students understand historical events at a much higher level.