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Patrick Halbrook

"History Day" (grades 9-12 & 2-5)

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We've come up with a fun way to provide interaction between our high school students and our elementary school students. Each year the high schoolers host "History Day," in which they prepare historical topics to teach the younger students about, based on what we've studied that year. We hold it in the gym, where kids get to go from group to group and do hands-on activities and engage in contests on topics related to our four history classes (classical, medieval, modern European, and American history). The kids always have a blast, and it's a great opportunity for the high schoolers to find out what it's like to be a teacher.

Below is a short video we put together with some highlights from this year's History Day. It's a great activity and I highly recommend it!

Have you tried anything like this at your school, either in history class or in other classes?


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I love this. In beginning talks about starting a classical school in our area, we have discussed what it would look like to have high schoolers be part of teaching younger students. This is a great example!

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