While some students might inherently enjoy U.S. history class, others won’t get involved as easily. Make U.S. history come alive for all your students with creative decorations, murals and other wall hangings. Walking into your classroom should help students travel into the past of the United States and experience U.S. history firsthand. Invite your students to give their own ideas and help with the decorations.
Things You'll Need
- U.S. history posters
- Bulletin board
- U.S. president fact cards
- Markers, paint, pens
Hang up pictures or fact cards of the U.S. presidents, beginning with George Washington and ending with the current president in office.
Get curtains with a U.S. history motif, such as a U.S. flag or a scene portraying settlement or exploration.
Make an informative bulletin board that illustrates important events in U.S. history, such as settlement, the American Revolution and the Civil War, or significant U.S. history themes, like democracy, opportunity, expanding borders and industrialization. Change the bulletin board periodically so various themes are covered over the course of the year. When a holiday related to U.S. historical events, such as Presidents’ Day is approaching, prepare the bulletin board on a related theme.
Hang store-bought or student-prepared posters relevant to different themes as you cover them in class.
Assign student projects that combine art with U.S. history. Challenge them to create a U.S. history magazine cover, or make a model of an early settlement, for example. Put these projects on display in the classroom.
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