Teaching history can be a rewarding yet challenging task for many! Finding ways to engage students while ensuring they understand key concepts is vital to a student’s learning! Here at Instructomania, we believe we’ve found the perfect solution that strikes a balance between enjoyment and academic rigor. In today’s post, we are going to share with you a Prehistory resource that takes a creative approach, covering Paleolithic, Neolithic, and Agricultural Revolution periods, and can be executed in either an interactive notebook format or as a workbook with a fun doodle-style twist!
1. Close Reading
The lesson kicks off with a reading activity that encourages students to actively engage with the material. Through reading and highlighting, students identify the most crucial information. However, the engagement doesn’t stop there. Thought-provoking questions positioned alongside the reading allow students to think critically. The range of question types is impressive – from exploring geography and achievements to delving into leadership, religion, economy, and social classes. This comprehensive approach ensures a holistic understanding of the era.
Comprehension takes center stage in the second part of the lesson. Students not only absorb information but also put it to the test. They are challenged to identify key concepts, draw evidence-based conclusions, and even make inferences from the text. This multi-tiered approach aligns with common core standards and nurtures skills that extend beyond history – skills like supporting claims with evidence and deciphering underlying meanings from written material.
2. Doodle-Note Style Project
One of the standout features of this resource is its incorporation of creativity into the learning process. The inclusion of a doodle-note style project adds an artistic dimension to the study of history. After mastering the reading and the questions, students embark on a fun key-concept-based folding project. This project can either find its place in interactive notebooks, fostering an interactive learning experience or serve as a traditional assignment.
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- Four-page snapshot reading with all questions on the side: Ready-to-use tool that saves you time & energy when planning your lessons
- A reading example and answer key: We always like to include answer keys in order to streamline the assessment process in order to save you time while maintaining focus on the learning outcomes
- A doodle-note style project: The flexibility of this project allows you to be creative and gives your students an opportunity to think outside of the box while still covering standards within your curriculum
- A doodle-note style answer key: These example answer keys can be beneficial to your visual learners to help brainstorm ideas that are fun and skill-based
In conclusion, this Prehistory resource combines the joy of creative expression with the depth of academic exploration. By blending reading, questioning, and artistic projects, this lesson caters to a spectrum of learning styles, ensuring a well-rounded understanding of Prehistory’s critical periods. So, if you’re on the hunt for an engaging, well-rounded, and skill-focused Prehistory lesson, click below to download it today!
- Snapshot Close Reading Activity
- Snapshot Close Reading Activity Example & Answer Key
- Prehistory Doodle-style Note Foldable Project
- Prehistory Doodle-style Note Foldable Example
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