However, sometimes it is very easy to get into a routine, using the same type of activity day after day. In an effort to brainstorm some new ideas, I came up with the following list. Some activities also make great exit activities as well.
- Analyze a quote - historical or not
- This Day in History
- BBCs list of History through 100 objects
- A video of a news story from the previous evening
- Analyze a political cartoon, photograph, or paragraph from a primary source
- A few multiple-choice questions
- Journal question
- A wordle of a primary source, news story, or speech
- A text poll (if you can have students use their cell phones or are in a 1:1 situation)
- Think-Pair-Share on a question
- Create a Venn Diagram or a Double Bubble graphic organizer on a topic
- KWL chart
- Vocabulary introduction or concept mapping
- Uncle Jay Explains the News
- Listen to a contemporary or historical song and respond to the lyrics
- View a biography of a great person in history (especially in months dedicated to certain topics)
- September - Hispanic Heritage Month
- February - African American History
- March - Women's History
- Have students call in or text their response to a video or picture at Voice Thread
- Write a question on the board and have students respond on the board. Check out this picture from @dontworryteach. This is especially great if you have an interactive white board.
- Have students place themselves on a continuum in response to a question
- Analyze a map, chart, or graph to review historical skills
- Jot down a list of tweets or facebook updates from a historical figure
- View a short video of a job or occupation - list some of the skills needed for this job or questions students have about the job.
- Have a student suggest a discussion question
- Who Am I? or other content related riddles
- Daily Geography Series - introduce or review a geography concept each day
- Have students review learning objectives and assess their progress
- Have students reflect on yesterday's lesson and predict what they will do in class today
- Brainstorm a list of artifacts for a museum display on a theme covered in class
- Brainstorm a list of artifacts for a time capsule
- Take a virtual tour of a historic site
- Write an ode or poem about an event or person
- Comment on a blog post
This is by no means an exhaustive list. What ideas did I miss?
- Distribute creative name tags with characters, historical figures, etc. as students walk in. Have them answer a question about the person and "mingle" for a few minutes.