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Old 09-17-2009, 11:24 PM
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8th grade SS project ideas help needed

Iím looking for creative projects to teach WWII to current. I used to teach 6th grade SS and we did things like mummifying chickens and reports on Greek gods/goddesses. Iíd like to get away from the drill and kill of the text book for awhile.

Iím finding it difficult to find project ideas for more recent events. Iím thinking about making rocket ships when we get to the space race, but beyond that Iím clueless.
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Old 09-20-2009, 10:54 AM
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You might want to try the high school section of the forum. I know I'm having a tough time thinking of something creative because WWII to current where I live is taught in high school. Middle schools here in CA (specifically 8th grade) teach US history from its founding to just the turn of the 20th century.

You could try googling some webquests or maybe have students create their own political cartoons?
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Old 09-20-2009, 02:06 PM
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May not give you exactly what you want but the assignment list on www.mrroughton.com has plenty of history activities that don't involve a textbook. They are generic enough to fit any history subject but that means they aren't necessarily as interactive as some specific plans might be. Still, far more interesting than the text!
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Old 09-20-2009, 04:26 PM
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Have them produce a USO show for WWII.
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Old 10-04-2009, 09:48 PM
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May not give you exactly what you want but the assignment list on mrroughton has plenty of history activities that don't involve a textbook. They are generic enough to fit any history subject but that means they aren't necessarily as interactive as some specific plans might be. Still, far more interesting than the text!

Wow! That is a great site! I'm totally stealing his ideas! THX!!
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Old 10-04-2009, 10:23 PM
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Wow! That is a great site! I'm totally stealing his ideas! THX!!
Rockguykev, failed to tell you that it is his site :P Gotta give you props Kev, I use those items all the time and I know you like that they are shared throughout other schools and districts!
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Old 10-08-2009, 10:31 AM
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Awesome link thanks!!
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Old 11-01-2009, 05:53 PM
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What an amazing number of activities for students to participate in! Thanks so much for sharing all your hard work, it is greatly appreciated!
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