Picture Sorts

Helping students to categorise and define events and ideas

Students analyse images before putting them in thematic or chronological order.

The teacher provides any number of images for the students to analyse and discuss before putting them in an order, either thematic or chronological. This will help students define key ideas or events of a period or a theme.

When studying crime and punishment students are given 15 images and 15 text boxes. The images range from medieval sorcery to modern computer crimes. Students group the images they feel are connected, they link text and images and finally they discern four main themes for the topic.

Acknowledgements: Richard McFahn and Neil Bate (http://www.historyresourcecupboard.co.uk/).

Making an Imaginary Map

Helping students to develop their sense of place

Students get pieces of paper with the names of countries. They have to distribute the names across an imaginary map, This could be at their desks, or using the whole of the classroom. This improves and revises their knowledge of geography. Having a sense of place and the distances between places is key to historical understanding. If this is done at desks, then pairs or triads who can compare results afterwards. Continue reading Making an Imaginary Map

How to make things stick: True/false

Helping students to revise historical details

Students recap by only copying statements they believe to be true. A number of statements from last week‘s or month’s lessons are put forward by the teacher, on the black board or on pieces of paper that are stuck to the wall. Students copy only the statements they believe to be true, followed by a class discussion where they explain their choice. Continue reading How to make things stick: True/false

How to make things stick? Three volunteers.

Helping students to revise chronology

The teacher provides ten items (on separate pieces of paper) that need to be put in the right chronological order. Three volunteers do this together, e.g. by sticking the pieces of paper on the wall. When they are done, the class may ask them questions/ask them to justify their results. Continue reading How to make things stick? Three volunteers.