Monday, September 17, 2012

What is History?

The 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classes at the Michael J. Perkins are going to be studying U.S. History this year. As an introduction, one of our new third grade teachers Ms. Bishop asked her students, “What is history?”

To assist them in answering this question, Ms. Bishop gave the kids a variety of history textbooks to flip though. As the students analyzed the pictures, they organized their ideas into a web.

If you don't know what an idea web is, here is a picture of one. It's a way to brainstorm about a topic and list ideas.

What are some of the ideas that the students came up?

History is:
Maps, famous people, Indians, ships, a long time ago, horses and wagons, cloth made out of animals, Pilgrims, flags, animals for food, presidents, wars, stories from the past, how people lived in the past, Abraham Lincoln, Paul Revere, John F. Kennedy. And that's just the beginning.

As you can see, one student said the idea of history includes maps. That's actually where these third graders will be starting--with geography. Stay tuned to see our map projects!