I have spent a lot of time figuring out different ways to make social studies hands on and interactive. One thing I have used are skits. More often then not, mini skits. Recently, we talked about Tecumseh and the War of 1812. There is a great Brainpop on this, if you are interested.
I integrated a few short skits when we were at a point where we were ready to summarize information. Here is one I wrote describing the Battle of Tippecanoe.
Here is another one on why the American "War Hawks" wanted to go to war with Great Britain.
Normally, students read the skits directly from the SMARTboard. They are short, so it only takes a couple of minutes to go through. I usually let two different sets of students act out the skits. The directions/settings are read chorally by all the students who do not have an individual part. Sometimes, we go over the skit again the next day for review.
There are two reasons why I frequently use skits like this. First, I like that they provide a quick summary of important points we have covered. Second, and more importantly, it gets students actively involved and allows for movement. Students really enjoy acting out moments in history. I love how their dramatic acting shows me that they really understand the events.
*If you would like a copy of this SMART Notebook file, just send me an email or leave a comment. I would be happy to send it to you.
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Enjoy the rest of the week.