One of my favorite teaching strategies is a Visual Discovery – part of which is due to the excitement students find in conducting an act-it-out! I am fortunate enough to have Heidi Boles guest post for me with a photo, video and a description of conducting an act-it-out in her 8th grade US History class.
|Social Studies can be fun with these teaching strategies!|
“As a part of our study of European Exploration and Settlements, my class participated in an act-it-out.
We began by dissecting an image of Christopher Columbus claiming San Salvador. Students pointed out details in the image and made predictions about the history of the event based on the clues found in those details.
After dissecting the image, we wanted to learn more, so we turned to our textbooks and read about Columbus and his adventures. We found out that he wasn’t looking for North America at all! He was really searching for a faster route to Asia…but stumbled upon the New World by accident. Columbus never knew about his amazing discovery. Until the day he died, he believed what he had found was eastern Asia. Wow!
Check out the video and pictures of us! Learning history can be fun when you make it come alive!”