Author:
Megan Stevens
Subject:
Writing, American History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Level:
Middle School
Tags:
Buchanan, Historiography, Mini-grant, Research
License:
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial
Language:
English
Media Formats:
Text/HTML

Education Standards

100 Years of History on the 100th Day of School

Overview

 

To review and pre-teach content material, this fun and engaging 100th Day of School activity is a great way to get students interested in the major historical events of the last 100 years. To begin the activity, the teacher will either write on the whiteboard or announce that today the class is going to assume the role of Historical Investigators, revealing the most exciting events in history over the last 100 years. The teacher will then group the students into groups of 2-4 based on the class size. The teacher will pass out the investigation sheet, and direct students to open the Google Slide presentation. The teacher will model how to select and research a given historical event using credible sources. 

100 Years of History on the 100th Day of School

 

Grade Level: 7

 

Standards:

 

USII.4 The student will apply social science skills to understand how life changed after the Civil War by 

d)   explaining the impact of new inventions, the rise of big business, the growth of industry, and the changes to life on American farms in response to industrialization; and

e)   evaluating and explaining the impact of the Progressive Movement on child labor, working conditions, the rise of organized labor, women’s suffrage, and the temperance movement.

USII.5 The student will apply social science skills to understand the changing role of the United States from the late nineteenth century through World War I by

a)   explaining the reasons for and results of the Spanish-American War;

b)   describing Theodore Roosevelt’s impact on the foreign policy of the United States; and

c)   evaluating and explaining the reasons for the United States’ involvement in World War I and its international leadership role at the conclusion of the war.

USII.6 The student will apply social science skills to understand the social, economic, and technological changes of the early twentieth century by

a)   explaining how developments in factory and labor productivity, transportation (including the use of the automobile), communication, and rural electrification changed American life and standard of living;

b)   describing the social and economic changes that took place, including prohibition and the Great Migration north and west.

 

Materials:

Chromebook

Google Slide Presentation 

Investigation Sheet

Pencil

Scratch Paper - Optional

 

Directions:

To review and pre-teach content material, this fun and engaging 100th Day of School activity is a great way to get students interested in the major historical events of the last 100 years. To begin the activity, the teacher will either write on the whiteboard or announce that today the class is going to assume the role of Historical Investigators, revealing the most exciting events in history over the last 100 years. The teacher will then group the students into groups of 2-4 based on the class size. The teacher will pass out the investigation sheet, and direct students to open the Google Slide presentation. The teacher will model how to select and research a given historical event using credible sources. 

The students will:

Working in the teacher-created groups, students will use the investigation sheet provided to them as a guide for identifying major historical events from the past 100 years. The investigation sheet will include a selection of events for each decade. Students will select one event from each decade spanning from 1920-2020 to research. Using a credible source, students will summarize the historical event on the decade labeled Google Slide. Students may also include a picture from a credible source that pairs with the selected historical event. Students will submit the Google Slide presentation when it is completed.