In order to meet the following objective: "Explain why significant events in U.S. political history are important today", I am having my students identify the 27 most important events in U.S. History and do a few things with them.
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Today, we discovered that our entire class accidentally transported back in time to 1768, Boston! We found ourselves stranded in a time and place that we were unfamiliar with and without money, additional clothes, or a place to live! Fortunately, our technology works here due to some strange anomaly in space-time!!!
In order to survive, we all need to quickly learn a trade, start earning some money, and find a place to live. Along the way, we will hopefully meet some interesting people and discover some interesting facts about our country's history!
Here is what we need to accomplish today:
2. Where are you living? How hard was it to find? Do you have to pay anything or do any work to sleep there?
3. Describe what your first day in Boston has been like (remember, you are a 5th grade student from 2013 who is trying to get used to living in 1768, Boston!).
Because my students need to have a larger repertoire of "Character Traits" to choose from when describing characters in the books we read, we are creating a Visual Thesaurus of traits using Tagul. Here is what it looks like so far. Here is how we're doing it:
I think that this 75-minute activity was a good exercise in thinking, because I asked them to delete any words or phrases that they did not know, or did not accurately reflect the definition of the word. They also had to decide on an antonym that was as close to the opposite of the original word as they could come up with. Finally, they had to remember (or use their notes that they took) to do all of the technology pieces of the activity. By the end, my students told me that they were mentally drained, but that they enjoyed the activity. Exactly what I hoped for!!!
Now we can use this list whenever we are analyzing the character traits of someone in the stories that we read!
Purpose of this Blog
This blog will have directions and explanations for most of the activities we do in class.