Start of the Year
Name  Description   PowerPoint
 Why History?  

In this fun and highly interactive presentation students are introduced to why we study history. 

 PPT


Activities

1. In the Clouds-  Students are introduced to the continents by imagining them as clouds in the sky to help create memory hooks.

2. Scavenger Hunt- A further introduction to geography this time including countries and landforms. Students hunt for various oddities using the world map.

3. Be the Historian-  In this closing lab for the unit students in groups are given an old artifact and must analyze it in great depth as a historian might.

4. Parent Homework- (Extra Credit)  Not historical really, just a simple introduction activity for parents to complete.

5. History Skills- An introduction to the 8 skills used by historians to be effective at their tasks.

6. Butter Battle Book Questions-A set of questions to go along with The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss, this book to show that history can be found everywhere.

7. One-Day Geography-Adapted from a PBS lesson on understanding the basics of geography. 

8. Who Are You-  A basic inventory of student interests and background.

9. Source Reliability-  A series of topics with two sources of possible information. Students decide which source would be more reliable given the topic. Excellent for introducing Common Core skills.

10. When of History-  Students speculate on the timing of various events and objects from history. Print out of each of the images in the lab and group them by type (all military pictures together for example.) Put students into 6 groups and give each a student worksheet.  Given them 3-4 minutes per pack to determine in which historical era each object goes. I put a number code on the back of each picture so students can just write that in the box on the worksheet. The codes really don't matter, but here's  the ones I use. I go through this presentation with the students after going over the answers with them.

11. What Historians Do (Collect) - A series of mini-activities introducing some of the skills students will use when collecting information as historians.

12. What Historians Do (Consider) - A series of mini-activities introducing some of the skills students will use when investigating information as historians.

13. What Historians Do (Communicate) - A series of mini-activities introducing some of the skills students will use when, you guess it, communication information as historians.