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Lesson 1
Objectives

Students will:

  • Brainstorm things they like to do for fun.
  • View and analyze primary sources depicting entertainment from the past.
  • Complete a Venn Diagram comparing and contrasting entertainment of the past to the present.

 

Materials
  • Access to Powerpoint/Internet connection
  • Projector hooked up to computer for whole class viewing or internet access for each student
  • Venn diagram (click here to print out)
  • scissors, glue, pencil
Procedure

1. View Powerpoint presention as a whole class (if you have access to a projector). On slide 2, brainstorm what students do for entertainment today. Type responses in the Active text box on this slide. (If students are working individually at a computer, they can access this lesson on the Student Entertainment Page. They can type their own responses into the powerpoint.) If you don't have Powerpoint on your computer, you can click here to view the presentation on the web (some features, such as the active text box may not function correctly.)

2. Go through the rest of the slides, asking students to note differences and similarities in the pictures to the present day.

3. On slide 9, brainstorm the ways that students are different from their ancestors by typing responses in the Active Text box on this slide. Again, the web version may not function correctly.

4. Put students in pairs and have them complete a Venn Diagram comparing and contrasting entertainment of the past to present day.

Assessment
Assessment will be completed Venn Diagrams for pairs or individuals.
Lesson 2
Objectives

Students will

  • explore the American Memory site for "Today in History".
  • They will specifically look up their birthdate and view and analyze primary sources connected to their birthdate.
  • complete a worksheet analyzing primary sources found for their searched date.
Materials
Procedure
  1. Introduce students to the "Today in History" feature of the American Memory collection. Demonstrate navigating this portion by using today's date. You may also wish to demonstrate searching for a particular date since students will need to do this to search for their birth date.
  2. Allow students computer time to search for their own birth dates. They will then complete a My Birthday in History worksheet.
  3. Allow students time to share their findings with classmates.
Assessment
Completed work will be added to student's Blast From the Past folders.
Lesson 3
Objectives
Students will view and analyze a cartoon from 1916 and complete a worksheet comparing and contrasting it to the cartoons they watch today. Students will also create a cartoon of their own.
Materials
  • Internet access to view "Krazy Kat and Ignatz Mouse at the Circus". This is a silent cartoon from 1916. Click on the filmstrip to view this movie. This may take a little while to load.

An animated cartoon about the adventures of Krazy Kat and Ignatz Mouse at the circus

Procedure
  1. Discuss cartoons that students watch today.
  2. Explain that children long ago also liked watching movies and cartoons, but they were very different.
  3. Have students view "Krazy Kat and Ignatz Mouse at the Circus". Discuss the characters, setting, problem, and solution of this cartoon.
  4. Download and print Movie Activity Sheet. Students will compare and contrast the Krazy Kat cartoon to the cartoons they watch today. They will also create a cartoon of their own.
Assessment
Students will add their work to their Blast From the Past folders.
**New** - Teachers, click here to use the digital story "Mommy, I'm Bored!" to introduce the Entertainment section of this project. This digital story shows primary sources depicting children of long ago enjoying summer activities.

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