What are some specific ways that you incorporate the different cultural backgrounds represented in your class to introduce a topic or teach a lesson?
What are the challenges and benefits of incorporating the cultural diversity in your class to teach social studies lessons?
What other strategies do you use to teach abstract concepts like historical change?
How can other subject areas be integrated to teach about historical change?
How do you assess your students' understanding during the lesson and again at the end of the lesson?
Taking It Back to Your Classroom
Have each student make a personal pictorial timeline. Ask students to interview family members or friends who can help them recall four major events in the student's life. Give students a piece of 8-by-11-inch paper divided into four parts. Instruct students to draw pictures of the four events, one in each quadrant. Using larger sheets of paper, help students draw a timeline that represents the years of their life. Then tell them to cut out the illustrations and paste them on the timeline.
Ask students to record on a classroom calendar important events in your classroom or school for a one-month period. At the end of the month, ask students to choose the five most important events to go on a classroom timeline, and make drawings to represent each event. To make the timeline, attach a long piece of string horizontally to a bulletin board. Use construction paper to label the name of the month and mark off the days or weeks. Use clothespins to attach the five events to the timeline. Repeat the activity for the next several months to reinforce the concept of timelines.
Select two pieces of literature about the same topic but from different historical perspectives. Ask students to write sentences comparing the topic past and present. Have students make a timeline and a time wheel to show how aspects of the topic have changed over time. Then have the class discuss the benefits of each type of graphic organizer.
Ask students to find a calendar that has pictures showing the change of seasons month by month. Have them use these pictures or pictures they've drawn to make a timeline of the school year.
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