Lesson Plan

Create a Digital History Fair

Make those boring biographical reports fun for all with this app flow.
Laura S.
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
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Students will be able to research a historical figure; write a short research article, and create a fun presentation to share with the community.

English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 3 - 6
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook

2 Direct Instruction

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Taking notes can be a daunting process for students. Often times, they simply copy/paste from their reference without thinking about the content.Not only does this lead to plagiarism, but it can also be hard to find important information when going back.

Under the teacher's guidance, students can use this app to take their notes. Because there are color options for the note cards, the teacher can lead the class through guideed notetaking, specifiying certain colors for certain types of information.

This is an open-ended app, so the concepts and concrete examples will need to be provided by the teacher, and not within the app. 

3 Guided Practice

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After taking notes, students will use Pages to create a short biographical essay. Just like with the notetaking, the teacher should provide guidance as to what is expected of the student.

Because Pages is a robust tool, the student can include multimedia to create an interactive essay. The essay can easily be exported in to a variety of formats as well as uploaded to different apps to turn in.

4 Independent Practice

With Trading Cards, students can show a solid understanding of their historical feature through the information shared on their card. Students need to condense and analyze information to choose the best representation of their character.

5 Wrap-Up

Museum Box
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As we know, a biography doesn't fully represent all aspects of a person. Using a Museum Box, students can add artifacts that represent not only the person, but the historical time period in which that person lived. This allows for differentiation, as each person's box can be as extensive or as simple as needed.