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ARE YOU READY TO TRAVEL BACK IN TIME? This fun, engaging, and hands-on project will have students travel back in time to research the ancient city of Tenochtitlan and create a one-minute commercial to feature their information. This project requires zero teacher preparation (student directions, research questions, and grading rubric are all included)!
I had students individually research the questions and then placed students in groups to collaborate their information, write and film their skit. I had groups record their commercial on a camera, cell phone, or iPad and e-mail it to me. I found that some groups used editing software such as Adobe, iMovie, Clips, etc. to add pictures, words, credits, etc. to their commercial. I was blown away with the creativity this project generated among my seventh grade students as they dressed up, created scenery, made props, and used different technologies to produce and edit their commercials.
After, we had a “Commercial Viewing Party,” where we enjoyed popcorn, juice, and watched the final commercial of every group! This project is a student favorite!