Activity 1: Skills and Best Practices
Questioning SkillsIn an article from the website below, Terry Robinson, a fifth-grade teacher for 16 years talks about the importance of “asking the right questions.” She cites the work of Wiggins and McTighe in stressing the importance of questions in moving students toward higher levels of understanding. Article: http://www.ncacasi.org
Specifically she urges educators to:
- Ask questions that help students develop historical perspective, explain historical relationships and the significance of events, and analyze issues that affect the present and the future. Factual questions alone will not lead students to these higher levels of thinking.
- Ask questions that help students understand the impact of people, ideas, and events.
- Ask questions that require students to describe how they feel about key events.
Using Time Lines in Social Studies InstructionTime lines can be used for a variety of instructional purposes including:
- Establishing the sequence of events in history
- Organizing information for research
- Highlighting the most important events in history
- Telling the story of people in a logical sequence
- Time line activities for all grade levels
- Information on creating personal time lines
- Ways to use time line to trace the personal life of individuals
- Information on how to get started using time lines with your class
- Some additional websites with information about time lines
- Some excellent tips on using time lines.