Basically the students had to each take at least 1 photo of something relating to history-send it to me via email-and that it. My goal for this project was to reiterate to the students that history is everywhere! Everywhere you look, anywhere you go--something relates to history. The students did an excellent job and some sent me several photos. I had photos as far back as 1804-to some as recent as 2012-in both cases, the students described the photos and their historical significance.
After gathering all of these photos, I used picmonkey.com to create several different collages to display these photos. Check out all of them below! Some of the photos are self explanatory-some needed some explaining. The best thing about this project was hearing the stories the students had about their little piece of history-each photo was unique-each photo had a story. Also, each student has a different definition of what "history" really is, a great discussion piece! I really enjoyed seeing all of the photos and discussing with my classes. I will definitely be doing this project again--the students loved it, and it was a great reminder to them the importance of studying history. Photos are so powerful in education---students today need that visual to connect the dots, this project validated my thoughts on this topic.
A few notable items I received within the project:
- relics from the Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq
- numerous military service medals-including purple hearts
- Civil War Bayonette/lead bullets
- Nazi issued sword
- pocket watch from 1809
- minor league baseball bat used by George Brett
- Numerous lamps, cars, tractors, sewing machines, typewriters.
- Wheaties boxes featuring the 94 National Champion Nebraska Cornhuskers (the kids doing this project were not even born!)
After all was said and done-I displayed all the photos in my classroom, quite the conversation piece!
Look closer at all of the photos by clicking the link below--please comment or email if you have questions! Thanks for reading!