WHO are all of these people that had an impact on the lives of Americans? WHAT were their contributions? WHEN did this happen? WHERE did they do this? HOW can we ever keep all of this straight?
HERE'S HOW! Use these 9 x 5 posters and information cards to help!
There are 3 pages for each famous American. One page shows the contributor's portrait with birth year and year of death below it. The second page shows the person's name, signature (with the exceptions of Pocahontas,Powhatan, and Christopher Newport), birthdate, date of death, place of birth, and the contribution that made an impact. The third page contains the same information as page two with the substitution of blank lines where the contribution was listed. Students would complete this space in their own words to show what this person's contribution was to America.
Famous Americans and Their Contributions in this Packet:
Susan B. Anthony
Martin Luther King
George Washington Carver
(1) Wall Time Line Display - Copy the pages of this packet and display on your classroom or hallway wall for quick and easy reference. First, attach a ribbon or thick length of string or yarn to the wall above the bulletin or writing boards. Next, attach the portrait cards of the famous Americans being studied on top of this string (which will cover the tape that attaches the string) in chronological order with appropriate spacing for the year that these Americans were born. Add century signs (1400, 1500, 1600, 1700, 1800, 1900, 2000 with appropriate spacing. In my classroom, the timeline of famous Americans was on display throughout the whole school year and included any people studied in earlier grade levels. These were an excellent resource in helping to place an event studied in relation to the people who lived at that time and also helped students see the sequence of events in time. Additional Suggestion for Timeline: In our grade we studied ancient Egypt and China so the Egyptian pyramids and the Great Wall of China were added to our classroom time line. These cards were placed on the other side of the classroom to help put ancient history in perspective to our relatively recent history.
(2) A Human Time Line: Distribute the portrait cards to students. Have students get up and move around the classroom to create a time line with these famous Americans in correct order. Once the line is in order, each student can share what this person's contribution was that had an impact on the lives of Americans.
(3) Bulletin Board Display
(4) Create booklets: Copy portrait and information cards for famous Americans being studied. Assemble into booklets for each student or make one for use by students in the classroom.
(5) Interactive Notebook: Copy the portrait and information cards with the blank lines for famous Americans being studied. Have students write in their own words how this person made a contribution to America. Compile these pages into a notebook or booklet.
(6) Memory Game: Reduce the size of each portrait and information card and copy onto cardstock paper. Place the cards face down in random order in a grid layout on a table or floor. Players take turns turning over two cards to see if the portrait and information cards are a match. If cards match, the player's turn continues. If there is not a match, cards are flipped over and the turn passes to the next player. Once all cards are matched, the player with the most cards might just be the next famous American.
(7) Looking to Make a Difference Game: Randomly distribute one picture or info card to each student. Set a time limit for students to move safely around the room to find their famous American matching picture with their contribution info card held by another student. Once all pairs are matched, give student pairs a few minutes to plan a brief presentation to the class. Presentations might include a brief oral report using information from the cards or acting out the famous person's contribution in a skit or mime.
(8) I've Got Your Back Game: Randomly attach the portrait cards to students' backs with tape. Students with cards on their backs move to students without cards on their backs and ask one student at a time for a clue to who they are wearing. This continues until the student can identify who's on their back.