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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Situational Conversations
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All Kinds of Genres
Thanksgiving Quilt
Picture Replicas
Halloween Alphabetizing
Survey Says
Dancin’ Raisins
Ten Black Dots
Crossword Trivia
Early Division
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Alphabetizing Objects
Does Warm Water Rise Too?
Sleepy Hollow
Bumper Stickers
The First Thanksgiving
Bottle Flutes
Base10 Blocks
Speech Writing
Compare Hair
The Stars and Stripes
Still Life
Sand Separation
Observe An Inchworm
Put the Story in Order
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Determining Density
Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot!
Spinner Probability
Monster Math
The Color Mix-Up
String Art
Where Did the Easter Bunny Come From?
Dice Probability
Columbus Acrostic
Letter of Apology
Building Our Community
Author Spotlight
Surf the World
To Float or Not To Float
Block Volume
Discover Pi
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