Lesson Plan

Living History Museum

Students will research a prominent historical figure,using technology, then present their person in the first person essentially becoming that person.
Tina C.
Classroom teacher
Cox Landing Elementary School
Lesage, United States
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My Grades 3
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts

Students will be able to




ELA.3.R.C2.4 (CCSS RI.3.4) determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in an informational text relevant to a grade 3 
topic or subject area. 
ELA.3.R.C2.5 (CCSS RI.3.5) use informational text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic 

ELA.3.W.C11.1 (CCSS W.3.7) conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic

ELA.3.SL.C14.1 (CCSS SL.3.4)
         report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace. 

[Search] Student finds, imports, inserts, and resizes or moves pictures, images and charts in word processing documents, spreadsheets, presentations and other electronic templates.

[Search] Student uses existing common databases (e.g., online or CD-ROM encyclopedias, electronic dictionaries, and other online library archives) to find, sort and interpret information for classroom assignments.

[Search] Student selects appropriate technology tools and resources needed to communicate information to others, to achieve personal goals, and to support independent learning.




English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 3 – 5
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1 Hook


Tagxedo is a tool students can use to present to others on any topic. They are able to change font, color, and size of font to emphasize certain words of a topic. When using this on a digital whiteboard you can hover/touch a word making that word appear in 3D form, popping off of the page. Using Tagxedo, captures student's attention when watching a presentation and offers an alternative to note cards for the presenter.

To interest students in the research process I will demonstrate how to present on a topic. I use Abraham Lincoln as my topic and prior to this class I will research important words that will help me talk about Abraham Lincoln. All words will be placed into the shape of Abraham Lincoln.

I first announce to class we will be researching a prominent historical figure and bring up an informational piece on Abraham Lincoln ******. Ask students how we would start searching for a reputable site? How do we determine Keywords related to the subject or topic? This discussion should be centered around previous lessons on Digital Citizenship/Common Sense 1. *****  2. The Key to Keywords   Using these previous lessons students should be more confident in the research process.

 I start reading aloud the article highlighting, copy/pasting words from this piece and pasting them to my Tagxedo. for this lesson I will deliberatley choose a few words that are not really that important to Lincoln so I can demonstrate to them how only precise words demonstrating importance of Abraham Lincoln will give a clear and precise picture of who he was and what made him so important to US history.

2 Direct Instruction

I will demonstrate how to make a Tagxedo using myself as the topic. I will show them using a digital whiteboard how  to create a Tagxedo. Introduce students to the process of changing font, color, size of font, and choosing an appropriate shape for their creation.

Specifically we will discuss;  What colors look best on screen? How to emphasize words by importing words multiple times to increase only that word. What words should we choose and why?

During the discussion I will create a Tagxedo so students can watch and be integrated in the process.


3 Guided Practice

Students will begin to make their own Tagxedo about themselves. Students will brainstorm words they believe are important to the description about themselves. After about 10 minutes students will be grouped where they will collaborate within their group about the words they personally have chosen about themeselves. 

**Ultimately you want students providing assistance on words and help in determing the words importance and relivance to that person. Discussion should stay on topic and be positive.

After collaboration, students will return to their computers and create their own personal Tagxedo using the information gained during groups and following the procedures demonstrated earlier in your  presentation.

Walking around and assisting when needed and choosing a few students which has caught on to the process to do the same.


4 Independent Practice

Students will take this knowledge of creating a Tagxedo and research their prominent historical figure. After 

5 Wrap-Up