Just saw this awesome resource from NCSS and thought I would share it in #sstlap to help crowdsource more ideas. NCSS Idea Smackdown
This morning my Kindergarten daughter began discussing the Mayflower and Plymouth rock with me. She had some basic ideas about the ship and emphatically told me that the trip took 6 Weeks. I was intrigued that she was already discussing the events of the past, and wondered what else she was learning about the early Pilgrims.
Q1 How do you teach about Thanksgiving and more importantly the early Pilgrims and Colonists? #sstlap
Q2 What are the major themes of Thanksgiving and the Pilgrims are important to focus on? #sstlap
Q3 How do you incorporate multiple points of views of historical events such as Thanksgiving and colonization into your lessons? #sstlap
Q4 Do you teach the controversial aspects of history or just the warm and fuzzy stuff? Why is it important to delve deeper into history? #sstlap
Q5 Thanksgiving is about Giving Thanks- How do you incorporate this concept into your classes no matter what subject you teach? #sstlap
Q6 What are you Thankful for? Professionally? Personally? #sstlap
Q7 Thanksgiving is rich with traditions- What traditions do you celebrate for Thanksgiving? In your classroom environment? #sstlap
What are you thankful for?
A couple examples of ChaterPix and how it can be used. It is an app I just started playing with so I created one with my daughter about what she is thankful for and another using a couple of Apps. I used Google Draw to create the image of Lincoln then the combination of ChatterPix with AutoRap from Smule to create the audio rap of the Gettysburg Address.
I just saw a post shared by Scott Petri about a Middle School creating an interactive lesson on the Holocaust. It struck me for many reasons which I will get to as we examine this week's topic. The first reason was that it happened at a Middle School just about 20 minutes from me and yet Scott who is from California was the one sharing this event with me.
Please watch and check out the write up of this amazing learning activity. Holocaust Living Museum
Watching this made me think about the conversation I am having with Jason Bretzmann's #tlap book chat on Voxer about creating engaging lessons and fun in your classroom. Imagine how impactful this lesson is for students and for those who are able to experience the lesson with this class.
Let's Break down the lesson-
Q1 What do you think of this lesson? First thoughts? Is this a pirate lesson? #sstlap
Q2 What are the elements of this lesson that make it newsworthy? #sstlap
Q3 What elements of this lesson do you think the students and those who participated in it will remember well after the lesson is done? #sstlap
Q4 How could you help to make this lesson more impactful for the students? Think about the students interviewed and their responses #sstlap
Q5 How do you bring history to life in your classroom? #sstlap
Q6 How do you teach difficult or sensitive topics like the holocaust, slavery, racism to your students? #sstlap
Q7 The video shows a lesson on the holocaust-creating a virtual/living museum- How could you use this strategy for your content area? #sstlap
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