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Historical Card Fun

Create a deck of cards using historical people as subjects. Along with the name of the person include fun facts. The cards can be used to play a guessing game or to inspire a story.

  • Grade 3
    Grade 4
    Grade 5
  • Multiple Lesson Periods
  • Directions

    1. Ask the students to think about famous historical figures both past and present. Write some of the names on the board and include some of the things that made these figures famous.
    2. In creating this game, hand one piece of pre-cut 3x5 poster board or oak tag to each student. Or use 3x5 white unlined index cards if you prefer.
    3. Use Crayon® Classic Markers and have students select and write the name of the person on the card.
    4. If time allows draw a design that would relate to the person. For instance, if choosing Abraham Lincoln, a log cabin could be added.
    5. Next have students research some fun facts about their person by using the internet or school library. Write facts on back of the card.
    6. Place all cards in a box, mix them up and have each child choose one.
    7. Have students use the facts to write a paragraph about their person without revealing the name of the person.
    8. When finished have students read their paragraph out loud to classmates. Whomever guesses correctly first gets to tell their story next.
    9. Continue until all paragraphs are read.
  • Standards

    LA: Produce clean and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose and audience.

    LA: Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about a subject knowledgeably.

    LA: Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.

    LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade level topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

    SS: Explore factors that contribute to one’s personal identity such as interests, capabilities, and perceptions.

    SS: Analyze a particular event to identify reasons individuals might respond to it in different ways.

    VA: Students experience, analyze and interpret art and other aspects of the visual world.

    VA: Students will investigate, plan and work through materials and ideas to make works of art and design.

  • Adaptations

    Use the cards to have students act out who they are instead of reading their paragraph. Divide class into groups, have each student pick a new card and plan what they would say if they were all sitting around a table. Let them each describe when they lived and where and what made them famous. After deciding what they would discuss have the act out their discussion in front of the class.

    Use the cards to make a timeline on the board in the order of when each famous person lived. Have a discussion about other things that were occurring during that time period. Ask what advances have been made that may have changed why they were famous.

    Using a map of the world make note of where these people came from.


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