Help me give my students 19 books about historical locations and people from ancient civilizations, toy figurines of historical people, and a lego set of the Great Wall of China so that they can explore diversity throughout history.
My 6th grade students are a diverse group of individuals who are learning to appreciate history and culture from the ancient world. They love to hear stories of the way people lived long ago and compare it to their own lives today. My students come from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, socio-economic levels, and academic ability levels. My classes include students with special needs, gifted gifted learners, and English language learners.
I strive to engage my students daily in engaging lessons and show them that ancient world history is relevant to their everyday lives.
I believe history class should be fun, relevant, and engaging. The more I can get my students to relate to the lives of people who lived hundreds of years ago, the more they understand their own beliefs and who they are.
Why should we study history? It was so long ago...is it even relevant today? Yes! As my students learn about ancient world history, they are also learning about themselves. Studying ancestors, no matter who's ancestors they are, helps you figure out who you are and why you believe what you do. You can learn about yourself through stories about them, and learn how to face challenges they face. You can also learn to appreciate the diverse cultures of people today by hearing the stories of their past.
The more that students engage in thoughts and activities where they imagine their lives in someone else's shoes, the more they appreciate differences and are empathetic to diverse people living today.
The "You Wouldn't Want to Be" series and "Who Was..." series of books do an amazing job of helping students visualize what it would have really been like to live that person's life. No matter who we are or when we live, we as humans face basically the same challenges - poverty, war, hunger, a need for shelter, etc. And we experience the same amazing things - love, belonging, trust, religion and morality - as any North American hunter-gatherer, Chinese farmer or Egyptian soldier would’ve experienced.
These books and toy figures will make the lives of people who lived hundreds of years ago come alive for my students. They are much more engaged with figurines and colorful, cleverly written books than they would be by using our boring textbook alone. As a culminating project, students will collaborate with each other and use the figurines and lego set to create short videos about ancient people. They will then compare the diversity of ancient cultures to the diversity they see in various cultures today.
If you donated to this project, you can sign in to leave a comment for Mr. K..
DonorsChoose is the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.
As a teacher-founded nonprofit, we're trusted by thousands of teachers and supporters across the country. This classroom request for funding was created by Mr. K. and reviewed by the DonorsChoose team.
DonorsChoose makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America create classroom project requests, and you can give any amount to the project that inspires you.