Blast From the Past

Celebrating the Past to Awaken Our Future

Bradford/2nd/Munford Elementary

Project Idea

Students participated in a project in which they worked to answer the driving question: How does the influence of "yesterday's" leaders encourage the leaders of "today"? After learning about great American leaders through the reading of informational text, students chose a leader on Google form who was of interest to them. Students used a planning form to gather research about their leader. Students used the planning form to write a biography and speech to share about their leader. Students dressed as their leader and participated in a living wax museum where they shared their learning with parents, visitors, and other students. Students showed how their leader displayed the 7 Habits and influences young leaders today.

Driving Question/Challenge Statement

How does the influence of "yesterday's" leaders encourage the leaders of "today"?

Key Knowledge/CCRS

CE(K-12)1. Courage

CE(K-12)2. Patriotism

CE(K-12)3. Citizenship

CG(K-12)33. A:C1.5 - I can understand that school success is the preparation to make the transition from student to community member

TC2(K-2)7. I can use digital tools to access and retrieve information.

TC2(K-2)10. I can design original works using digital tools.

ELA2015(2)27. I can participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., read a number of books on a single topic to produce a report; record science observations). [W.2.7]

ELA2015(2)29. I can participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about Grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups. [SL.2.1]

ELA2015(2)30. I can recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media. [SL.2.2]

ELA2015(2)31. I can ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue. [SL.2.3]

SS2010(2) Living and Working Together in State and Nation2. I can identify national historical figures and celebrations that exemplify fundamental democratic values, including equality, justice, and responsibility for the common good.

Entry Event

I introduced the lesson with a Kid President video on leadership. We brainstormed ideas on what characteristics it takes to be a LEADER.

Major Culminating Projects

Assessment Strategies/Resources