Instead of a "physical interactive notebook" my students have Online Interactive Notebooks. I call these notebooks "Hidden Histories" in which I focus on people who are marginalized or not mentioned in history. For my first digital notebook of the year I have students learn about the basics of History and provide them many prompts for reflection. Use this free resource to help your students start thinking about where history comes from.
How to implement the Digital Notebook?
If you have access to technology students can complete a little at a time (or make it an independent assignment). If students do not have access to the internet these documents can be printed out display a question or prompt on the screen and students can write responses on paper.
If you click the image below it will take you to an online google document. Make a copy of the document and feel free to modify for your class.
Suitable for All Grade Levels
When I taught 7th Grade Medieval world history, I taught feudalism using gummy bears. Feudalism is just one economic system in history so I wanted to compare and contrast it to other economic systems, so students could fully grasp the complexity and nuance of feudalism (and how restrictive it was and how it impacted societal structures).
I had students read a few chapters from Dr. Eric Nilsson;s book on economic systems. I found this free reading by googling: Nilsson, Eric “ Different Economic Systems” (it will pop up as a pdf from CSULB's economic dept). Its a challenging reading, but completely manageable if read together in class or broken apart. Or you can have students research different economic systems andtake notes.
Use the presentation to introduce and explain gummy bear project (Note: I also did this for political systems).
*If your school has access to technology, be it ipads or Chromebooks, I recommend making a digital notebook for your students. You can do it two ways:
1) Make assignments and tasks BEFORE you share out the questions and activities (this takes a lot of planning ahead, but once its done its awesome! (Then you will have it every year and you can just modify).
2) Make assignments one at a time, but students copy and paste in task (on a running google document). Therefore, with this option it gives you a lot of flexibility and can make more of a dynamic living document (It does take a couple minutes to copy and paste activities from a MASTER copy, that you have posted on google classroom or CANVAS).
Take a look at what can be included in a Digital Notebook...I will post more ideas and sample notebooks in the upcoming weeks, so stay tuned! (Click the image to make a copy of the document) All resources are FREE!
I teach an "exploratory" class that is aimed at teaching technology skills for our 6th graders. Here is a link to a website with some great TED Ed videos that answer some interesting questions. Students then develop a list of unanswered questions they have and create a short video (using stop motion) and create a Tedx lesson for their peers. It gets kids thinking across disciplines and encourages them to problem solve by creating an innovative video.
If you teach 8th Grade History and need a quick wrap up of the war with videos and readings, use this website. And students can take Cornell notes on essential questions, listed in the website. Click the Images below for Links.
Adobe Spark is a great resource (Must be 13 and older :( though) to make videos, presentations, webpages and posters. Its so easy to use and is great for teachers to make posters and presentations and webpages.
Students love to see other student's work. CANVAS allows for students to peer review each other's work. When you create an assignment you can select "peer review"; you can manually select students to pair up or you can create "Automatically assign." You can make the student's comment anonymously (but you can see their comments). When students go to their dashboard, they can see a "to-do" list and they can see who they have to peer review. My students loved viewing other student's piktocharts and giving positive feedback and constructive criticism.
I was trying to think of a way to share some interesting videos and links with my students, so I created an adobe spark web page. Its really easy to use and looks great. Students would love to create these webpages too! Feel free to use.