Schoolshistory provides teaching resources that are tried and tested in the classroom. Produced by a number of experienced teachers they provide a range of opportunities for developing historical skills, or for providing different ways to approach a topic. With resources geared towards teachers of all levels of experience and subject expertise, there is something for everyone among our worksheets, presentations, lesson plans and activities.
Dealing with the Depression – ms word file
Created for a group following the AQA Modern World syllabus. This activity places students in one of 6 groups which represent different areas of America geographically and / or socially. Each group is provided with a brief summary of what their circumstances are prior to the Wall Street Crash. Groups need to think fast and work out how best they would respond to a variety of changes that occur. This allows a range of different results of the Crash to be identified and shows that the impact was not only varied in terms of severity but also that the timescale of ‘Depression’ may have differed from group to group.
Impact of the Industrial Revolution – ms word file
This activity was designed for my more able students in Year 9 a few years ago.
Students are placed into 6 groups. Each group receives a brief description of who they are and what their interests are. They have to consider the developments that happen over a period of around 100 years and explain the consequences of these and the likely reaction to these events by people whom they’ve been asked to empathise with.
I’ve run the activity in two ways. First say in groups acting as political pressure groups trying to persuade the council (me) to make changes best suited to their interests. The developments are given to groups at irregular intervals so that they have to think quickly and focus their discussions.
The second method was to ask several students to stand as a local MP. They were canvassing the opinions of the electorate – and things changed during this process. Resources in addition to those below were also used for this version.
Written by myself and Adam Henson and hosted on thinkinghistory.co.uk. This activity harnesses the space in the classroom to create a living graph of the highs and lows of Public Health. What led to downward trends? Is there a pattern? All of the required resources are available via the link above.
Another active learning activity hosted on thinkinghistory.co.uk. Here mathematics is combined with the physical act of trying to get to the shops on time. Whilst not an entirely realistic outcome will result, it shows students just how quickly the German currency devalued.