Innovative
Classroom

Center Focus

Historical Trivia

  1. Come up with a list of historical events, people, or ideas that are fitting to your studies (you will need enough for your whole class). Some example questions are:
    • What started WWI?
    • What does the term 'Baby Boomers' refer to?
    • Where did the Statue of Liberty come from?
  2. Cut these ideas into separate strips and put them in a container.
  3. When students get to the center they will pick a topic randomly and research it. You can either let them go to the library or provide research tools for them to use in the classroom.
  4. They will briefly need to write about their topic and display it in an original way. For example, if there was a question about the Statue of Liberty, they could create a mini-model of it and hang an index card including their information around the model.

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Political Debate about Celebration of Columbus Day
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Paint by Title
Picture Frames
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Leaf Estimation
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Travel Brochure
Unscramble the Words
Number Relationships
What is the Moral?
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Compare Hair
Different Perspectives on Columbus
Corn on the Cob
The Mayflower Compact
Moldy Pumpkins
Favorite Olympic Athlete
Walk a Mile in Their Boots
Original Nature Tales
Hand Sculpture
"Thanksgiving" Poem
Cinquain
Literature Response
Thanksgiving Quilt
Discover the Explorers
Spaghetti vs. Macaroni
Sand Separation
Popping Popcorn
Back to Back
Paint a Picture with Words
Potato Latkes
Dancin’ Raisins
Building Our Community
Valentine Placemats
Scattergories
Line Symmetry
Cultural Comparison
Create a Collage
Historical Trivia