A major part of my social studies curriculum is the study of different Americans who worked to expand the rights and freedoms of many different people. My students always really enjoy studying about these Americans, and I try to incorporate many different activities to make this unit interesting and relevant to my students. I know last year I wrote about my students’ Famous Americans book they made that incorporates a lot of art into this unit. Another small thing that I like to do is have my students write newspaper articles about one of the people they are studying. The picture below is of one of my student’s articles on Frederick Douglass. You can click on the picture to grab a newspaper template for your classroom. They’re great, because they work well with almost any topic.
I also like to incorporate a little art with this fun activity. I print a picture of whoever we are studying. For example in the pictures below, we were studying Paul Revere. I make sure the picture is fairly small, less than a fourth of the size of the paper. Then, I have students glue the picture to the center of a sheet of white construction paper. Students must then extend the picture to color the entire piece of paper. I encourage students to think about what might actually be seen in that day and age, and sometimes I see some really interesting ideas!