"Factual Figures Five Finger Facts" TEACHER NOTES
First, I just wanted a simple project that my own student could do without much thinking on their part. I wanted them to remember facts but not a heavy dose, just enough so that they could remember this particular figure – male or female, their choice. Simple enough. Therefore, I came up with a five finger timeline for them and it turned out to be a big hit and very simple.
I gave them their own choice of historical figures, their own choice of facts and their own simple number – a single hand's worth - which was easy to remember. And it worked. They all did well on the test I gave them later. Even for the last fact – most put "They died". Which was true. I became "Happy Camper, so to speak."
Over the years you never know what will work so you just keep trying things until something clicks and this one did. Hope you find it works of you also.