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  1. 1. Arlene Baker 856-869-7750 x8029Haddon Twp. HS/MS arlenebaker50@gmail.com1. Design a game. Students design their own game for the topic assigned byteacher. Ideas for game design can be adaptations of commercial games. The gamemust include questions and answers obtained by student research.2. Trading cards. Illustration on front and relevant information on the back. Can beused across many disciplines (historical figures, mythology, literary characters,scientists, mathematicians, events, concepts, objects) Biographies. Brief biographies completed by students in a class arebound and displayed in the media center. Give some specific guidelines so that there iscontinuity through out book.4. Costume. Instead of drawings, design paper dolls and costumes in which todress them. A progression through the ages or century or costumes worn during thesame time period but from around the world. Bingo. Students research a list of questions (ideally 40 or so) and put 24 of theanswers on a Bingo card. The card could also be visual instead of words. The teacherthen randomly draws questions and students search their Bingo card for the answers. Newspaper. Depending on the length and detail this can be an assignment foran individual or a group. The newspaper is geared toward the subject and topic (i.e.History – WWI, science – medical breakthroughs of the Civil War) but can also includeincidental things that happened about the same time or popular culture of that era, homefront news, biographical sketches, advertisements, health and technology, fashions,recipes. Some students may add political cartoons, weather happenings, etc.7. Wanted posters. Instead of criminals (although a history class may want tofeature tyrants, dictators and the like) the posters can feature famous explorers,scientists, musicians, artists. The posters include information about their life,accomplishment and what they’re wanted for (is. Wanted for developing a vaccine forpolio).8. Wall of Fame/Shame. This is similar to the wanted poster project. Studentsresearch a person or event that is consistent with either a Wall of Fame or a Wall ofShame. They need to have a picture or illustration and a letter of recommendation fortheir nomination with detailed information to support their nomination.9. Commemorative Postage Stamp. Similar to the Wanted Poster and Wall ofFame/Shame projects, the student designs a postage stamp and includes a narrativethat supports their submission.10. Celebrity Dinner. Students research a famous or historical person listingimportant facts. They also prepare a list of questions that other dinner guests may ask ofthem. This would work well if students could have some light refreshment and conversewith other famous guests.11. TV or Radio News Program. Students produce a news program with featurestories and supplemental clips that are from the actual time period. (i.e. Civil War withfeatures about a battle with interviews with generals, common soldier, Mathew Brady,medical piece about surgery in the field, Clara Barton, wife of a famous Civil Warperson.; Hannibal’s invasion of Rome with an elephant tamer, a general, man on thestreet, news anchor in Rome)
  2. 2. Interviews. Use with News program. “Interview the heroes and villains of theGreek myths! Start your own class Myth-world radio or TV talk show, and let yourstudents dramatic skills soar. For this activity, some students are "interviewers" whileothers are "guests." The interviewer prepares a list of questions he or she wishes to askthe guest. The guest studies the myth and tries to anticipate the questions he or she willbe asked. Ask Zeus why he gets so angry, or Icarus why he flew too close to the sun.For fun, kids will often make up call letters and ads for their station. Talk to your classabout posing who, what, where, when, and why questions. This activity reinforcesinterviewing techniques as well as drama, reading for details, forming good questions,making inferences, and creativity. When students are ready to present their show, sitback and enjoy. The interviews are sure to be both entertaining and educational!” (FromScholastic Teacher’s site - http://teacher.scholastic.com13. Business Cards. For people real or imagined.14. Artifact display. Students research an artifact (artwork, architecture, clothing,technology, jewelry, etc) from a specific time period and create a display that givesinformation about the time period, the artifact, how it may have evolved through theages, which used it and how. Students contribute to a school Museum of World History.Create a manmade artifact from a past historical period (i.e. Artwork, sculpture,architecture, tool, clothing, jewelry). Create a display board to go with the object. Ateacher in my school requires 1 page explanation of the artifact, pictures, and five otherevents happening in other parts of the world during that same time period. May alsoinclude a map showing the location of the artifact and locations of the other events.15. Have a party that relates to a specific event like the inauguration of GeorgeWashington, the Harlem Renaissance, and the return of Marco Polo. Students researchthe event, the people involved, and the time period. Each student is a party guest, withsome students being historical people associated with the topic and all must act incontext with the event/time period and maintain a conversation with other guests that isconsistent with the party topic.16. Political Cartoons. This works best with a group since someone needs to havesome drawing skills. Show students samples. Assign event, time period or person. Bindthem into a book. Resume w/cover letter for a famous historical or fictional figure applying for a modernjob. (i.e. John Wesley Powell applying to the National Park Service for a job at GrandCanyon National Park, Clara Barton applying for the position of CEO of Blue Cross andBlue Shield.)18. Virtual Field Trip. (Language and geography classes) Plan a tour of a foreigncountry. Include a budget, itinerary, weather, currency exchange, accommodations, atleast one ethnic meal, and a post card to send home with a picture on the front and atleast 3 facts on the back.19. Mobiles. Include visual and text information for an invention (telephone withshapes like 19th century phone, telephone pole, cell phone that have facts about the
  3. 3. invention and its evolution on them), chemical element, math formula, literary piece(Harry Potter with appropriate shapes and character information), etc.20. Poster for an element. Visually attractive, can be dimensional (milk carton forcalcium, letter shaped for its symbol21. Scrapbook. Make a scrapbook based on information you found out about(person, place, era, event).22. Day (Year) I Was Born. Make a brochure similar to the ones sold in stores aboutthe day (year) you, your parents, your grandparents, an historical person or thing (i.e.United States) was born, created, happened. Decade books Time line books Books like Thomson Gale Era or Decade books Samples of commercially produced Year You Were Born products. A Day in the Life of. Write about the day in the life of a real or literary character orthing. (I.e. Slave, Roman soldier, Holocaust victim, mathematical formula, chemicalelement)24. Letter from famous or fictitious character. Letter should reveal events relating tothe character and time period. OR Use letters available online and write a response orinquiry back to the historical letter (i.e. Smithsonian website has letters from Japanese-American internee.25. Primary Book. Students research a country, person, event, etc. and decide whatthe most important information is and produce a primary book with that information. Maywant to include popups, or flaps.26. Diary of historical person or someone from the time period. Should have anumber of entries that reflect things happening in their life and in the world around them.Science class picks a bacterial or viral disease and creates a fictitious diary that goesfrom when they got the disease until they died from it. This is for someone living in the1700’s or 1800’s and the diary should reflect the era and the medical technology or thatera.27. World’s Fair. Students make decorated booths for a particular era or country.(Gill St. Bernard’s school)28. Travel Brochure. Can be made for a country, an unusual place (i.e. A planet,inside an atom), or a literary location.29. Crossword Puzzle. Letter to a friend about meeting a famous person or being in a historical event.31. Feature article for a magazine about a famous person real or imaginary. Caninclude photos, artwork. Make the layout just as it would look in a magazine. Can includea mockup of the magazine cover too. (i.e. Relative, Japanese internee, Rosie theRiveter) Can be a ‘Zine’ (electronic magazine).32. Compare and contrast 2 famous people. (Makes plagerism more difficult) (i.e...Vlad the Impaller and Hitler; Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee)33. Describe a new level of Dante’s Inferno/Hades, populated with current orhistorical people and why.34. Student innovative notebook/text book. Student writes a section of a text about aspecific event or person, with illustrations, review questions and vocabulary.
  4. 4. 35. Calendar. Create calendars on a topic (can use current year calendar) withpicture on top and calendar on bottom. Put important dates on the topic in appropriatedate boxes.36. Letters to the government for a memorial or a new holiday. Background,justification, possible design ideas, Name, Date, Colors, symbols, songs, Foods,Traditions, Clothing.37. Field guides each student makes 1 page for the guide. Show examples of FieldGuides. (ie. Field guide of Egyptian Gods, or Field Guide for Egyptian sites.38. Tall Tales: Write a tall tale about how something happened. (i.e. How the Sphinxlost its nose)39. Rewrite a fairy tale. (i.e. Rewrite a favorite fairy tale to be set in ancient Egyptwith Egyptian gods and goddesses, pharaoh’s etc.)40. Simple Reading Strategy to help in the classroom. This quick made flip bookexample is fun and easy to make. Students can also help make the book as well. Letters About Literature Contest. Students will write letters to an author, past orpresent, explaining how his or her book impacted the student. Contest deadline isDecember 12th, 2009; find more details here. Have a mock trial for a literary character, historical figure, novel, etc.43. Construct and fill a box of memories for a literary character, historical figure, etc.i.e. Ben Franklin – key, glasses, newspaper, stamps, Declaration of Independence,travel guides for France and England, money, toy fire truck, wood for stove.44. Literary Trip. Go to for examples of these trips andthen have students construct their own. This could also be done for things other thanliterature like historical events, lives of famous people.45. Advertise With Geography What makes a region? How can you tell thedifferences between regions in the United States? How does geography affect a regionsproducts? These are some of the questions that students will explore, along with theconcepts behind advertising and how they are related to region. Make a time capsule for a time and place. Stuff it with things significant to theera.47. Informative Poster48. Obituary for a famous person. School Library Media Activities Monthly, Jan. 2006, pg16-1849. Information/activity card. Similar to a flash card.50. Sales Pitch. Sell you idea to the delegates at the Constitutional Convention.Develop a sales pitch for one of Thomas Edison’s inventions to give to manufacturer orgroup of financial backers.51. Design a new currency bill for a country that features an event or person. Giverational for the bill to honor that subject.52. Put a famous person in the classroom. What subject would that person teach andwhat is the rational for that choice.53. Dateline Troy. Take a story like the story of the Trojan War and find newspaperarticles that are similar to the story.54. Career Brochure. Create a brochure that includes education, working conditions& duties, salaries & job outlook, pros & cons for a career. Include a bibliography,citations and visuals. This could also be used for historical jobs like pyramid laborer,Roman centurion, etc.
  5. 5. 55. Invent a holiday. Promote a new holiday. Include what it commemorates andwhy, what type of activities are appropriate. Create a poster or mural that illustrates theholiday, write a poem or song.56. Photo albums. Create a photo album for a person or event that includes photosor illustrations and captions.57. Make a timeline flip chart. Fold a length of paper in half (12”x18” constructionpaper works well). Then fold lengthwise again the top and bottom halves. Open up sothe top half and bottom half meet at the first center fold line. Mark time along the meetingpoint so that the earliest time is on the left side and the latest time is on the right. Thetimeline runs along the long length of the construction paper. Cut the top flap a numberof times along the time line and do the same with the bottom flap. Under each flapinclude information or an illustration matching the year on the outside of the flap.58. Now and Then Chart. Comparison items can include items: toy or pastime,sports, clothing, food, etc.59. Minute biography. One sheet in length (1/2 sheet – 8 ½”x5 ½” – is good too).Include one or two pictures or drawings. Paragraph one – provide facts about theperson; where he/she was born, went to school. Paragraph two- tells an interesting storyabout the person, what makes them special, may tell about the pictures. Paragraphthree – write about their accomplishments so as to entice the audience to want to readmore.60. Artifact project. Students contribute to a school Museum of World History. Create amanmade artifact from a past historical period (i.e. Artwork, sculpture, architecture, tool,clothing, jewelry). Create a display board to go with the object. A teacher in my schoolrequires 1 page explanation of the artifact, pictures, and five other events happening inother parts of the world during that same time period. May also include a map showingthe location of the artifact and locations of the other events.61. Have a classroom campaign for Poet Laureate complete with posters, campaignslogans, and nomination speeches.62. Create a colony brochure. Similar to a travel brochure but geared to starting acolony and trying to attract people with various skills to your colony. “After studying the 13 colonies, students were to create a brochure advertisingone of the colonies. The purpose of the brochure, they were told, would be to urgepeople in Europe to come to America and settle in their particular colony. They worked ingroups of 2-3 and each group was assigned a different colony. The brochure had toinclude a map, famous people of the colony, reasons why people would want to settlethere -- opportunities available for jobs, land, religious freedom, etc; cities settled, datesof founding and settlement.” From Other websites with similar ideas Postcard. A project in our school is a postcard from a country. On the front is astudent prepared illustration of something in or from that country. On the back is a notefrom them that relates to the country. The social studies class incorporated a math in thecontent project with this one that included measurement conversions between metricand English systems.64. Mock elections. This doesn’t have to be a political or U.S. presidential election.Imagine Nicola Tesla and Thomas Edison each running for president of the Society of
  6. 6. Electrical Engineers. Students prepare campaign materials and speeches and have anelection. This is a good group project. After researching the candidates and issues thatwould be appropriate for the organization, students can break up into individual jobs –speech writer, election materials artist, candidate, coach for candidate, etc.)65. Pack for the trip. Students plan what to take and the rational for an historical trip.i.e. they’re a 19th century homesteader going to Oregon, a member of the Mayflowersettlers, Livingston or Stanley going to Africa, a knight going on a crusade.