PROJECT LEARNING contains four descriptions of Project Centered Learning activities that can be used at the beginning of the year to engage your students and reinforce & review the basic skills of social studies. Students need these skills to read and analyze historic reference books, articles on history, textbooks, etc.
The bulk of the activities have students working in groups of (2-4) people. The students will be using interviewing techniques, chronological order skills, comparison & contrast skills and cause & effect skills in a variety of hands on, high interest, fun activities. The activities challenge each student to function in a group setting, problem solve, use their right brain and complete tasks for which they are individually responsible.
Each PROJECT stands alone and takes a maximum of 3 days depending on the activity. You may pick & choose or use all of them. You can also spread them out throughout the school year at a time you consider the Project more pertinent.
One last piece of information. I have used these activities at the beginning of the year, & each shows social studies might be fun! They also allow the students to get to know each other a little.
Each project has a scoring suggestions for the teacher and will provide both group and individual grades. Opportunities for right brain and left brain learning exist throughout the projects.
The project topics and skills focus:
CARICATURE CARTOONING - interviewing, summarizing, group functioning, taps both right and left brain
CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER & TIMELINES - ordering events, larger group function, cooperation,
COMPARISON & CONTRAST REVIEW - Hands on, critical thinking, analysis of concrete objects and synthesizing findings into writing, comparing and contrasting historical and contemporary objects,
CAUSE & EFFECT - discussion, finding answers in visual presentation, memory challenge, writing, group competition.