Compile interesting facts about life in another time (for example, 50 years ago or during Colonial times).
facts, research, time period, Colonial, Civil War, Depression
Perhaps you have seen some of those collections of facts that describe what life was like in the 1500s, or in the 1960s, or at some other point in time. A list of "Surprising Facts About Life 100 Years Ago" landed in my emailbox the other day. I thought it would make a fun lesson to share those facts -- some of which are quite mind boggling -- and then let students loose to do some library (encyclopedias, history books, almanacs) and/or Internet research in order to create their own list of "Surprising Facts About Life 50 Years Ago."
If you are studying a specific period in history, students might research and put together a list of "Surprising Facts About Life During the Civil War" or "Surprising Facts About Life in Colonial Times" instead of "Surprising Facts About Life 50 Years Ago."
Introduce the lesson by sharing these...
Surprising Facts About Life 100 Years Ago...
Once you've interested students with those facts, challenge them to use the style in which they are presented to create their own "Surprising Facts About Life 50 Years Ago" or during another time period that you might be studying. As students locate facts, they will need to document the sources of those facts. Provide a citation format that they might use for that purpose.
Gather students' facts and have each student select one fact to illustrate. Collect all facts and illustrations into a class book titled Surprising Facts About Life 50 Years Ago.
Did students properly document the facts they found? You might create a rubric that includes that standard as well as other qualities of work that you deem important in this activity (Neatness? Language/writing skills? Research skills? Cooperative learning?).
SOCIAL SCIENCES: U.S. History
GRADES K - 4
NSS-USH.K-4.1 Living and Working together in Families and Communities, Now and Long Ago
GRADES 5 - 12
NSS-USH.5-12.1-10 Selected Eras (depending on the focus the teachers chooses)
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