The stamp activity is a great way to get your students working both independently and as a group as they produce a large stamp about a European explorer. The lesson includes a description of the entire lesson, a handout for the class that explains the lesson and provides a full page graphic organizer for note taking. It also includes a four page template for the stamp itself, which will be approximately 12x16 inches.
This activity gets students to practice many skills: reading historical passages for information, evaluating important events and relevance to our history, planning a visual representation of that information, creating a visual representation of the information, and public speaking...plus they work in groups, so cooperative learning comes into play. This is a good lesson for observations because it demonstrates the teacher working as a facilitator while allowing the students to engage in higher level thinking as they use different types of intelligences. Plus, it's fun for everyone!
PS I'm having trouble with the thumbnails, but if you look at the Unsung Heroes of the American Revolution stamp activity you'll see what this one looks like. Sorry. I'm not sure why that happens.