Instead of using a "physical notebook" opt for a digital notebook. If you teach 7th Grade history, feel free to use this Digital Portfolio and modify for your class. I usually do one activity per day an an anticipatory set before I dive deeply into the topic. Click the images below for the free resources.
Suitable for All Grade Levels
When I taught 7th Grade Medieval world history, I taught feudalism using gummy bears. Feudalism is just one economic system in history so I wanted to compare and contrast it to other economic systems, so students could fully grasp the complexity and nuance of feudalism (and how restrictive it was and how it impacted societal structures).
I had students read a few chapters from Dr. Eric Nilsson;s book on economic systems. I found this free reading by googling: Nilsson, Eric “ Different Economic Systems” (it will pop up as a pdf from CSULB's economic dept). Its a challenging reading, but completely manageable if read together in class or broken apart. Or you can have students research different economic systems andtake notes.
Use the presentation to introduce and explain gummy bear project (Note: I also did this for political systems).
*If your school has access to technology, be it ipads or Chromebooks, I recommend making a digital notebook for your students. You can do it two ways:
1) Make assignments and tasks BEFORE you share out the questions and activities (this takes a lot of planning ahead, but once its done its awesome! (Then you will have it every year and you can just modify).
2) Make assignments one at a time, but students copy and paste in task (on a running google document). Therefore, with this option it gives you a lot of flexibility and can make more of a dynamic living document (It does take a couple minutes to copy and paste activities from a MASTER copy, that you have posted on google classroom or CANVAS).
Take a look at what can be included in a Digital Notebook...I will post more ideas and sample notebooks in the upcoming weeks, so stay tuned! (Click the image to make a copy of the document) All resources are FREE!
After my students investigate a Historical Question and annotate and analyze primary and secondary sources, I love to hold a Socratic Seminar (before they write an expository paragraph or essay). After we analyzed SHEG's Pocahontas Lesson Primary and Secondary Sources, I had students pick which role they wanted to be, gave them some time to examine the questions and take notes and then put them in a "fish bowl arena" (see images below) and let them start talking/ listening. Use the Presentation below (Click image for a copy of the presentation: The questions are specifically for the Pocahontas SHEG, but you can modify it to suit your class needs).
How I organized the desks...you can just do a circle of chairs. Just make sure there is an inner circle and outer circle. This was done with 40 students in a tiny classroom...so anything is possible!
Everyone loves infographs. Instead of a detailed syllabus, opt for a infographic for your class. I created a simple syllabus for my students and posted it on my CANVAS course, so students can see it everyday. I used Piktochart and use the same graphic every year. Click the image below to see the full syllabus.
Piktochart is great to use for student activities too! Have students create a piktochart for any project, resume, presentation or posters! Easy to sign up and completely free. (Free Resource!) See the lesson below for Chinese Philosophies (Grade 6 or 7) example Piktochart!
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Free Website and Worksheet (7th Grade History)
Teaching about Ancient Rome? Check out some free resources I created for my Students. Click the images below and they will take you to an interactive website for students to read primary sources, look at images and watch interesting videos (tell them to wear earphones or watch as a class) and accompanying worksheet in which students complete in tandem with the website.
Student Objective: Students will analyze multiple secondary sources to determine how Rome was a site of Encounter and examine how all Romans lived.
Historical Thinking Skills: (1)Describe the importance of contributions from past civilizations and cultures
(2) Relate and connect the values, social customs and traditions of the past to the student’s personal experiences
Interactive Student Website
Student Worksheet (Click below for the PDF)
Engage the learner with entertaining and informative videos!
Need a short video to establish context? Use TED Ed videos. They make them for all different subject matters and all grade levels. They also have interactive lessons that accompany the Video. All subjects and all grade levels are located HERE or click the image below from the link. Thank you TED!
Coldplay and entertaining video?!
Show this exciting and entertaining video the first week of class to get kids pumped about history! Before the video start, ask the class or put on the board as a warm up "Why study History?"- Students can brainstorm in small groups first and then the video will help inform them about why we SHOULD (and NEED) to study History!
This would be great for students to do as a project and narrate over the video. They can do a cause and effect chart in history or a story board for ELA or explain a math problem. I used "Lapse it" app on iphone.
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