Lesson Plan

History Changer Baseball Cards

Students will use BrainPop or BrainPopJr. to choose a figure that has changed history and create a baseball card about their accomplishments.
Jennifer K.
Classroom teacher
Legend Elementary School (Newark, OH)
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My Grades 1
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

Students will be able to choose and research a person who changed history using BrainPop or BrainPop Jr.

Students will be able to research their historical figure using both online sources and books.

Students will create a baseball card for the historical figure using ReadWriteThink.org's Trading Card Creator.

English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 1 – 5
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Introduction

This step will be your introduction to the project with your class.  How you have them choose their historical figure will be up to your preference.  Some options you could try would be: viewing all the figures whole group, students individual view the figure's videos on BrainPop in a computer lab setting or you could also narrow down their choices of historical figures to meet your needs and have them choose from a small selection.

Student Instructions

You need to pick a historical figure that you would like to research and then create a baseball card for that person.

2 Researching

This step will require multiple sessions depending on your group.  They will need to gather the necessary information about their historical figure to complete the baseball card.  I have created a handout with all the information needed if your group would find it useful to use while they are researching. In addition to the online resources you may find it helpful to have books available for students to use.  You could set up different centers where students are researching with different materials.

Student Instructions

You will use the handout provided to find information on your historical figure.  Make sure you find everything you can about your historical person.

3 Creating the Baseball Card

In this step students will create their baseball card.  The great thing about ReadWriteThink is that students can use the website bout also the have and iPad App that students can use to create their baseball card.  The Trading Card Creator is easy to use and as long as the student has the necessary  information from their research this step should be simple to finish in one sessions.

Student Instructions

Use the information on your handout to fill in each section on the Trading Card Creator.  When you are done print out your baseball card.