Whenever you start a school year, the first day is so important! Based on your district’s calendar, you will get to spend an entire semester or an entire school year with your students. We asked our ushistoryteachers.com facebook community to explain some strategies they use for the first day. Here is a sample of what they said.
“One I’ve done in the past is make a class set of cards with historical people and places. They are taped to the students backs and the students can only ask yes/no questions to try to figure out who/what is on their card.”
“We do a Human Timeline. Students are randomly given date cards and matching event cards are given to different students. The student have to find their match and then the whole class has to place themselves in the correct chronological order. For my high schoolers, I only gave event cards and a matching picture. It makes them get out of their seat, talk to each other and I get a peek at all the different student personalities in my classroom. It’s chaotic and fun!”
“Print out a list of famous people who majored in history.”
“…ask their favorite historical era.”
As you can see, this does not have to be ridiculously complex. A simple desire to get students interested in history and a new school year can make for a great first day!
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