Middle School

Learning History

This is a sample of a technique I use with my fourth graders for learning history. Most young children think that if they read the chapter two to three times, that constitutes “studying.” I try to teach them what I call “active memorization.” They transfer the key concepts from the pages of the history book to a word document. Because they only choose the most important information, the outline will be considerably shorter than the amount of pages in the book. To make the words more meaningful, we then cut and paste pictures from the Internet, so that the children implant the information in their minds using both words and visuals.

Download PDF Example: The Gold Rush