the corner! To make the end of the year special and memorable try out these
awesome hands-on creative projects and activities. Teachers love
them because they’re meaningful and students love them because they’re unique and fun!
be opened in 5,000 years? In 1968 two Japanese companies, Panasonic and
Mainichi Newspapers, agreed to undertake a joint time capsule project in
celebration of the Japan World Exposition in 1970. It will remain buried near
Osaka Castle for the next 5,000 years. There are 2,090 items in the capsule
that were chosen by a team of scientists, engineers, and historians that
reflected everyday life in 1970. Other items included false teeth, a glass eye,
insects encased in resin, an origami instruction book, handcuffs, counterfeit money, and letters from elementary students.
learning about famous Time Capsules, have students create their very own
personal Time Capsule to lock up and discover in the future. There are seven
parts of the Time Capsule Project including where they tell about their favorite things, important people in their life, what they want to be when they grow up, and even write a letter to kids in the future telling them all about what the world is like right now! Part six is
collecting photos or small objects to place into their Time Capsule. I usually use a 9×12 envelope to collect all of the writing pieces and their secret stash in. I have students write their full name and graduation year on the front of the envelope and decorate it. Then we do a desk a rotation activity to make sure that everyone signs their name on the back of the envelope so they remember who was in their class.
Part One: Introducing Me!
Part Two: In My World
Part Three: The People in My Life
Part Four: My Favorite Things
Part Five: A Look into My Future
Part Six: A Secret Stash
for social studies teachers to reinforce and review all that we’ve learned throughout
the school year. It’s focused around the major themes of geography and map building skills. Students create their own “country” and everything that goes with it!
- Have students come up with a name for their country. I encourage them to base it off their name or a combination of the letters in their names if it’s a group of students.
- Review major landforms such as mountains, deserts, volcanoes, rivers, seas, oceans, and islands.
- Next, look at a variety of different types of maps to compare similarities and differences. Ask the students questions like: “All the maps we’ve looked at today were alike in some ways. What did you notice about them? “What were some of the main differences?” Be sure to discuss map keys, a compass rose, map symbols, colors, etc.
- Have students create a map of their country on
a large poster paper or a piece of white butcher roll paper. In pencil, have them label all major landforms, cities, capital, and bodies of
water. They also should add a map key and compass rose.
- Have them color the maps: green for land and blue for bodies of water. Colored pencils or crayons work best.
- Next, have them create and
design their country flag. Check out the colors of the flag freebie below to get them started. Attach a Popsicle stick for a stand up flag.
- For older students you could also have the students
create “Country Cards” with factual information about their country. Including natural resources, housing, schools, climate, language,
traditions, and other interesting cultural facts.
- The beauty of this project is that it can be as simple or complex as you want it to be depending on the amount of time and interest of your students.
invented by accident by 11 year old Frank Epperson? Have you heard of a ManCan? Hart Main created candles that have popular but unusual scents such
as bacon, coffee, and fresh cut grass when he was just 13 years old. Today, his business is a million dollar company. Do your students have ideas for a new invention?
inventions that changed our world. Then take it a step further to learn about
really cool kid inventors too!
Pose these questions to your students:
makes an invention great?
- Why do some inventions become famous and others flop?
- What’s a problem that you’ve noticed?
- How would you fix it?
Turn it into a research project. Have students choose an invention to research
and learn more about. Then create a mock model of the assigned
invention or a PowerPoint presentation to teach the rest of the class all about
your students really into inventions? Hold an “Inventors Day” where students
dress up as a famous inventor (wear science lab coats) and create a new invention.
In groups have them brainstorm a current problem and solutions to fix it. Have them sketch a design of their new invention and explain how it will work. Using recyclables, supplies, and extra classroom materials have groups build their new inventions. Check out my freebie packet below to get your class started on their new inventions! Who knows maybe they’ll invent the next big thing!
Here’s a FREEBIE packet to get started on all of
the projects and activities listed in this article! Just click on the Picture!
You can purchase any of these creative
hands-on projects in her TPT store. Juliette is a former elementary
teacher with over 15 years of classroom experience turned full-time writer,
photographer, and teacherprenuer. She creates lots of hands-on activities and
projects to sell in her TPT store, Heart2HeartTeaching.
She also blogs about teaching, photography, and traveling on her blog, H2HTeaching.com. You can also
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