This packet is all about the 80s! You can use it for the 80th day of school (invites included) or anytime! It is designed to be able to adapt across a variety of grade levels. It has just the right amount of academics and fun for an 80s day!!!!
Overall: Students will read about each year and will complete the time-line of events. Use the time-line page provided to have students take notes as you go and then when they are done they can glue the events and clipart (color if they want) onto a large piece of construction paper. Each item has two levels of passages for older and younger students. The younger passage always comes first in the packet and is labeled A and the older one is labeled B. Or students can just do the activities that you pick out without the time-line.
1980: Science- Post-it Notes: Your students can either do a science experiment over which brand is the best or they can work on engineering by thinking about a problem they have and how they could solve it.
1981: Reading: Care Bears and Smurfs: Read the article and compare the two using the venn diagram.
1982: Math: Runts: There are 2 choices. Give students a hand full of runts and have them figure ratios. 2. Have students survey their classmates and create a graph about their class’s favorite flavors of Runts. There are also questions included to go with the graph.
1983: Art: Slap Bracelets: Students will read about slap bracelets and will then design their own perfect design (on paper).
1984: Writing; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Students will create their own comic book character and will then combine their character with a classmate’s and will create a comic strip about both characters together.
1985:Science: Pop Rocks: students will do a science experiment to see which liquid would make the rocks pop the longest.
1986: Music/Social Emotional: Students will read about the song “That’s What Friends are For.” and will then goal set about how they are going to be a good friend for the rest of the year.
1987: Social Studies: Students will read about Where’s Waldo and will then find the “different” Waldos on the world map and will then answer a couple analyzing questions.
1988: Math: Bubble Tape: Students will measure Bubble Tape. (This could be done in nonstandard, inches, or centimeters.) There is also an option to convert measurements in feet and inches. You can just glue together strips of pink construction paper if you don’t want to use real Bubble Tape.
1989: Technology: Students will read about the World Wide Web and will decide how it has made life different by answering a couple analyzing questions.
Bonus #1: There is a bonus math page for students to compare prices in 1985 and today!
Bonus #2: There is a page about the history of the rubik’s cube.
Bonus #3: Read about cell phones and complete the Venn Diagram comparing cell phones of the 1980s and today. Or make a prediction about cell phones of the future.