Tag Archives: Biography

Making History Fun

As you saw in my previous post about the third grade wax museum, we have been researching local people in history. One class wanted to take it a step further and we used photos taken of them that day in costume to create Blabberize videos. If you have not seen this site before, you basically upload a picture, draw in a mouth, and record what you want it to say. I talked a bit about it posts on my last blog here and here.

The kids had a lot of fun with it. One thing to keep in mind is that you will need to have an account set up ahead of time. I just went to each computer and logged in when they were ready to save. We then had the kids copy and paste the url link in a shared document and also write the link down on paper just in case so we could get back to them! Here are a few of their blabbers! (I tried to embed them, but it didn’t seem to take so here are some links to some of them!)

Blabber 1

Blabber 2

Blabber 3

Blabber 4

Blabber 5


History Comes to Life

ImageOur third graders have been hard at work researching people from local communities in North Carolina that made an impact on their community. We included people such as State Librarians that started bookmobiles to local communities, founders of local universities, people who worked for equal rights, philanthropists, and others. This was a topic that was tough to find information appropriate for the kids about, but thanks to NCpedia, we found several good articles. The articles were sometimes a little over the kids heads, but not so much that we could not get through them. Once, they had their information, we researched what clothes would have looked like in the time periods their people lived in from sites like this and this, then the students created a wax museum! Other classes came through and were able to hear the “wax” figures give a talk about their life and how they made a difference in their community. Here are some pictures from the day, but the kids were all so great it is hard to just put a few pictures! (They had a choice between dressing up or creating a face card to hold up.)