Ancient Greece QR Code Scavenger Hunt
This project allows students to use their personal devices or school iPads to scan QR codes to find appropriate research. The QR codes were placed in various places around the room and required students to put together a series of clues in order to find the necessary research and complete their booklet on the Important Events of Ancient Greece.
Historical Perspective Writing Prompts
Writing prompts are an easy way for students to put themselves in a historical perspective before beginning a Social Studies class. As such, writing prompts are a strategy that I implement at the beginning of classes to get students into a historical frame of mind before tackling more in-depth curriculum.
There is no mandatory length for this type of activating strategy and, when appropriate, students have the option of having a discussion or doing an audio recording as opposed to a written piece of work.
Student Assessment Frameworks
During my final student teaching placement I provided my Grade 8 students with their own "unit frameworks" that allowed them to track their learning throughout the unit. Students were responsible for keeping track of appropriate work samples that best demonstrate their learning of the outcome and self-assessing their understanding.
Upon completion of the unit, students chose work samples that they felt best demonstrated their learning of the particular outcome and were asked to reflect on what they learnt (written or audio recording). Student understanding was then assessed on a 1-4 scale that could be easily transferred onto the new report card system.