Instructions for students to follow to complete each project. Many projects involve the integration of technology



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Social Studies Projects for Cycle 3

This series of projects is aligned with cycle 3 of the social studies curriculum for small schools. This resource is made up of instructions for students to follow to complete each project. Many projects involve the integration of technology.



  • Athens vs. Sparta: Students use this sheet to plan a debate with classmates over which ancient Greek city is “better”—Athens or Sparta.

  • Ancient Rome Mini-Projects: A menu of independent project choices.

  • Middle Ages Lapbook (see PowerPoint link on CIRCLE): In this project, students choose a Middle Ages topic to research. They create a lapbook, which consists of a folder with mini-books glued inside, each on a different subtopic. This PowerPoint presentation can be used to introduce students to the steps they will follow in completing their lapbook. It can also be printed and serve as a place for students to record notes during research.

  • People of the Renaissance: In this living history project, students research an important individual from the Renaissance, then prepare a presentation for the class in which they take on the persona of this person. Includes a rubric and page on which students can record their sources.

  • French Revolution Picture Tagging: This project contains research questions for students to answer and use to create interactive pictures on thinglink.com. (Visit mansfield22.adventistschoolconnect.org/article/25/classes/french-revolution-project for examples.) Most of the questions are easily answered using the Encyclopedia Britannica website, but other sources could be used, as well, if your school does not have this resource. (Note: Prior to introducing this assignment, you will need to set up a free account and familiarize yourself and your students with thinglink.com. All students can use your account simultaneously—we tested this. I chose to find and upload pictures for my students to tag, but you could add a step in which students do this themselves.)

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  • Interactive Timeline on The Age of Invention: In this project, students will use the website timetoast.com to create a collaborative timeline on the Age of Invention. You will assign students to research a certain number of inventions. They will then combine their research with classmates to create an interactive online timeline (this could be done as a whole class or in small groups). (Note: You will need to set up a free account and familiarize yourself and your students with timetoast.com. Students will need to be instructed in how to save documents and pictures to a USB memory stick, if they do not already know how to do this. They will need to take turns uploading their information to the timeline.)

  • WWII Picture Book: This is a worksheet that can be used to guide and assess older students as they read pictures books about World War II (or virtually any historical topic.) The following are a few suggested books:

    • Bunting, Eve. So Far from the Sea.

    • Mochizuki, Ken. Baseball Saved Us.

    • Polacco, Patricia. The Butterfly.

    • Rappaport, Doreen. The Secret Seder.

    • Uchida, Yoshiko. The Bracelet.

    • Mochizuki, Ken. Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story

Christina Dotson

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Athens vs. Sparta

Name: ______________________



Athens vs. Sparta

Use this sheet to plan and organize your group’s arguments.

Which city will you be arguing for? _________________________

Values: What did your city value? Why is this better than the other city? (You can tell what a city values by how the people spend their time and energy.)

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Government: What kind of government did your city have? What made this government better than the other city’s government? (You can also talk about the strength of the city’s army/navy here, if you didn’t already cover this.)

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How they treated others: How did the people in your city treat others? (For instance, how did they treat kids, women, slaves, and other city-states?) How is this better than the other city?

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________



Ancient Rome Mini-Projects

Name: ______________________



Ancient Rome Mini-Projects

Choose and complete one of the following projects.


Create and illustrate a timeline showing at least six important events (with pictures) from each of Rome’s historic periods: Republic and Empire (12 events total). (You should choose important events from the textbook or your notes. You may not copy a timeline from the textbook or the internet.)



Create a 3-dimensional model of one of the following structures:





Write a historical fiction short story (about 2 pages long) featuring one or more of the following characters:



  • A gladiator

  • A Roman soldier

  • A rich Roman

  • A poor Roman

Be sure to do some research so you can weave realistic facts into your fiction.

Read one of the following leveled readers (from A-Z Reading) and complete the quiz that goes with it:



  • The Roman Empire Faces Attila (informational text)

  • Walking in Roman Footsteps (fiction)

Project due _________________

People of the Renaissance

Name: _____________________


Living History Renaissance Project
Step 1: Choose a person from the Renaissance to study. Here are some suggestions.
Artists

Leonardo da Vinci

Michaelangelo Buonarotti

Sandro Botticelli

Donatello

Raphael
Writers

William Shakespeare

Miguel de Cervantes


Scientists/Inventors

Johann Gutenberg

Isaac Newton

Nicolaus Copernicus

Galileo Galilei

Johannes Kepler

Robert Boyle
Explorers

Marco Polo

John Cabot

Jacques Cartier

Samuel de Champlain

Christopher Columbus

Hernán Cortés

Francis Drake

Ferdinand Magellan

Francisco Pizarro


If you learn about a different individual from the Renaissance whom you would rather study, just ask!

Step 2: Research your chosen person. Collect information about:

  • Background: Where and when he/she lived, important information about childhood, education, family, etc.

  • Why this person was important: What contributions did this person make to the world?

  • Challenges: What were some challenges this person faced and how did he/she handle them?

You must keep a list of all sources you used to gather your information. You must use at least two different sources.

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Step 3: Become this person.



  • Write a monologue (one-person speech) in first-person imagining that you are this individual. Tell about “your” life (background, importance, challenges). Your talk should be at least two minutes long—time it while you practice. You should practice until you can give your monologue without reading from your notes. (If you like, you can engage the audience in your speech by asking them to answer questions or give their opinions.)

  • Create a simple costume you can wear while you give your talk. The websites below will help you. (You should make every attempt to create and wear a costume. If, after looking over the resources below and discussing the assignment with you parents, you determine that you do not have any way to make a costume, let your teacher know and you will be given an alternate assignment so that you do not lose points. You must talk with you teacher about this at least 3 days before the due date.)

  • Find or make a prop to hold or use during your talk. This prop should be something your person would have used in his/her life.

These websites may help you:


Find biographies here:

mrkash.com/activities/Renaissance.htm

42explore2.com/renaissance2.htm

notablebiographies.com/

biography.com/people/all
Ideas for making Renaissance costumes:

renaissanceclothing.blogspot.com/2008/12/simple-renaissance-faire-costumes.html

pleasantridge.k12.ca.us/magnolia/pdf/ren-fair/clothing-men.pdf
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You will be graded using the following rubric. Read it often to review the requirements.







Excellent

(4 points unless otherwise stated)



Good

(3 points unless otherwise stated)



Okay

(2 points unless otherwise stated)



Needs Improvement

(0-1 points unless otherwise stated)



Information: Background (accurate and in your own words)


(7-8 points)

(5-6 points)

(3-4 points)

(0-2 points)

Information: Importance (accurate and in your own words)


(7-8 points)

(5-6 points)

(3-4 points)

(0-2 points)

Information: Challenges (accurate and in your own words)


(7-8 points)

(5-6 points)

(3-4 points)

(0-2 points)

Sources are cited using the “Sources” list.













Speech: Delivered from memory













Speech: At least two minutes long (without delay tactics)

(7-8 points)

(5-6 points)

(3-4 points)

(0-2 points)

Speech: Given in first person










Speech: Appropriate volume and eye contact













Costume: Appropriate for the time period and individual researched. Real effort shown.













Prop: Appropriate for the individual researched. Real effort shown.













Readiness: You are prepared to give your speech on the due date.












Total: ______ / 60 points

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Sources
For Internet resources:
Title of Page: ______________________________

Address: ______________________________________________________________

Author (if there is one): ___________________________

Date you logged onto the page: _______________________


Title of Page: ______________________________

Address: ______________________________________________________________

Author (if there is one): ___________________________

Date you logged onto the page: _______________________


For book resources:
Title: __________________________________

Author: ________________________________

Publication date: ________________

Publishing company: __________________________


Title: __________________________________

Author: ________________________________

Publication date: _______________

Publishing company: __________________________

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French Revolution Picture Tagging

Name: ______________________________



French Revolution Interactive Picture Project

Step 1: The following pages contain a list of topics with questions for research under each topic. You will be assigned _________ (number) of these topics.

Step 2: Use your textbook, the Encyclopedia Britannica website, or other sources to find the answers to your assigned questions. Write your answers in complete sentences. You should not copy sentences from the book or internet, but you may restate the question as part of your answer.

Encyclopedia Britannica

school-preview.eb.com

USER ID: ____________________

PASSWORD: ____________________

Step 3: Visit thinglink.com. Log in using _______________________________ as the e-mail and _______________________ as the password. Click “My Channel.” Select your assigned picture. Click “Edit.” Add tags and type your sentences into the “Descriptions” box. (You should have more than one tag.)

Step 4: Keep these papers! When the project is completed, you will be responsible for using your classmates’ interactive pictures to answer all of these questions.

Tips for writing your answers to the assigned questions:


  1. Use complete sentences. (Restating the question can help you with this.) This will make creating your interactive picture easier and faster.

  2. Be sure your sentences use the terms/names of your topic often. It should be obvious what you are writing about. Remember that the questions will not be part of your final product. Your sentences must stand on their own. Think: Which makes more sense? “He was king of France at the time.” OR “King Louis XIV was king of France at the start of the French Revolution.”

  3. Check, double-check, and triple-check your final project for spelling, missing words, and mechanical mistakes. We will share these online, and you don’t want people to think that you can’t write a proper sentence. You will lose 1 point for every mistake your teacher has to correct for you.

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Name: ______________________________



King Louis XVI (Remember to write your answers in complete sentences.)

  1. Where and when was he king? _____________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

  2. What role did he play in the French Revolution? (Talk about the most important things he did during this time.) __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  3. How and why did he die? _________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Marie Antoinette (Remember to write your answers in complete sentences.)

  1. To whom was she married? __________________________________________

  2. What legend is told about her? (It involves cake.) ______________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  3. How did the people of France feel about her and why? __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  4. How did she die? ________________________________________________________________

The three estates (Remember to write your answers in complete sentences.)

  1. What were the 3 estates? __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  2. Which estate was the largest? _____________________________________________________

  3. Which estate paid the most taxes? _________________________________________________

  4. Which estate had the least amount of power? ________________________________________

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Name: ______________________________



National Assembly (Remember to write your answers in complete sentences.)

  1. What was this group originally called? ______________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________

  2. When did they first meet? ________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

  3. This group included representatives of which estates? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  4. What did they promise when they took the Oath of the Tennis Court? __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Storming of the Bastille (Remember to write your answers in complete sentences.)

  1. What was Bastille? ______________________________________________________________________________

  2. Where was Bastille? _____________________________________________________________

  3. Who was being held in Bastille? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  4. Who attacked Bastille? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  5. On what date did this happen? ____________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

  6. This was the start of the ___________________________________________________.

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Name: ______________________________



Declaration of the Rights of Man (Remember to write your answers in complete sentences.)

  1. What American document inspired this document? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  2. In what year was this document finished? ______________________________________________________________________________

  3. What were some of the rights outlined in this document? (Part of this can be a list.) ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  4. Whose power was limited by this document? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Émigrés (Remember to write your answers in complete sentences.)

  1. Who were the emigres? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  2. To what countries did they escape? __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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  1. What did the emigres want the leaders of those countries to do? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Name: ______________________________

Committee of Public Safety (Remember to write your answers in complete sentences.)

  1. Why was the Committee created? __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  2. What did the Committee do with the French constitution? __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  3. What did they do to people who did not support the Revolution? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Reign of Terror (Remember to write your answers in complete sentences.)

  1. What happened during the Reign of Terror? (Hint: What sort of people were killed and who killed them?) ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  2. Who led the Committee of Public Safety in carrying out the Reign of Terror? __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  3. How were most people executed? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Guillotine (Remember to write your answers in complete sentences.)

  1. What was the guillotine? __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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  1. Name some people killed by this device during the French Revolution. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Name: ______________________________

Napoleon Bonaparte (Start with pages 213-214 in your textbook.) (Remember to write your answers in complete sentences.)

  1. What did he do before becoming leader of France? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  2. In what year did he become leader of France? ______________________________________________________________________________

  3. What was the Napoleonic Code? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  4. In what year did he become emperor? ______________________________________________________________________________

  5. Napoleon built an empire by conquering what other nations? ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  6. What happened to Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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Interactive Timeline on



The Age of Invention

Name: ______________________________


Age of Invention Timeline Project

Objective: You will work with your classmates to create an interactive timeline on the Age of Invention.

Step 1: Decide who will research which inventions. (You will each choose ________.)

  • Telegraph

  • Steam Engine

  • Telephone

  • Electric light bulb

  • Steamboat

  • Internal Combustion Engine

  • Automobile

  • Camera

  • Steam locomotive (train)

  • Phonograph

  • Cash register

  • Refrigerator

  • Battery

  • Typewriter

  • Bicycle

  • Plastic

  • McCormick Reaper


Step 2: Research your invention using books and/or the Encyclopedia Britannica website.

school-preview.eb.com

USER ID: __________________

PASSWORD: _________________
For each invention, gather the following information.
Name of Invention: ____________________________________

Year Invented: ___________________

Inventor: ____________________________________________

How did this invention change people’s lives? (This should be in complete sentences.) ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Name of Invention: ____________________________________

Year Invented: ___________________

Inventor: ____________________________________________

How did this invention change people’s lives? (This should be in complete sentences.) ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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Name: ______________________________
Step 4: TYPE your research into a word processing document. CHECK AND DOUBLE-CHECK FOR MISTAKES in spelling, punctuation, missing words, etc. SAVE the document onto a USB memory stick.
Step 5: Use the internet to find one picture for each invention. Right click the picture. Choose SAVE PICTURE and save it to the same USB memory stick.
Step 6: When the time comes, you will insert your information and pictures into our timeline.

timetoast.com

e-mail: ___________________________

Password: _____________________

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WWII Picture Book



Name: ______________________________
World War II Picture Book Project
Title of book: _____________________________________

Author: ________________________________
After Reading Questions

  1. Write a summary of this story. Include the setting, characters, problem, and solution.

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  1. What are your feelings about this book?

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  1. What would you have done if you had faced the main problem faced in this book?

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  1. Share any additional historical information which the author or editor have provided. How does this help you better understand what you read? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________




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