Jubilee! Marking Milestones in History and Creative Ways to Celebrate School Anniversaries Across the Curriculum

Perhaps your school is celebrating an anniversary, perhaps having 5, 10, 25, 50 years or centenary celebrations of the school itself, perhaps a local or national event such as a Silver Jubilee, or Diamond Jubilee. Whatever the number of days, months or years involved in the celebration, the following ideas can be adapted to harness pupil enthusiasm for an event in classroom activities in any curricular area.

It’s all in a number

100 Ways to Celebrate 100 Days is a collection of ideas (collated and described by Katherine Schulten, Shannon Doyne and Holly Epstein Ojalvo) for activities with the common theme of 100 which can be used across the curriculum. These activities are grouped according to curricular areas (including some which can be applied in any area). While the given anniversay is 100 days they can also apply to centenary celebrations or indeed all ideas can be adapted to any number – whichever anniversary is being celebrated.

Diamond Jubilee Collection is a huge collection of resources and links to related resources specific to the celebration in schools of the Diamond Jubilee. Many of these ideas and resources can be adapted to celebration events in other contexts.

Timeline Tools

Timeline Tools in Teaching and Learning – timelines can be useful across the curriculum in classroom contexts – such to show the progression of events, whether as a sequential record of major developments in real historical events, or for pupils to create a fictional sequence in creative writing, or for documenting the steps involved in practical scientific enquiry. And of course these can be used to record milestone events in the run up to special occasion celebration events, from the first day through to current events – all combining text with images, online links, audio and video when available.

What was happening then?

How to Find Old Newspaper Articles Onlinethere are a number of sources for finding newspaper headlines and stories from past years, which can be useful when marking anniversaries of events to be able to show what the main stories were at the beginning of a milestone year.

On This Day In History – one of several sites which lets you identify a notable event which happened on a previous year in history on the same date as one which may be being celebrated as a milestone today. This site also links to other similar “day in history” sites.

What did it look like then?

What was it like in the olden days? See and add photographs of nearby streets then and now – these are free online tools which let you upload old pictures of any location, add the date, and then pinpoint the location on a map and match it to the same view today. You can adjust the view to match the view in the old photograph using eye-level street view tools. And then when uploaded you can fade from one view to another so you can see the changes appear before your eyes. This would be useful for pupils to see how streets around their school changed over time – to mark the changes in the number of years for a celebratory milestone event. They could contribute photographs or link from those elsewhere. So whether the focus is history or geography these could be useful tools either for local studies or for looking at the changes in locations further afield.

Scran – if looking for historic images when comparing a location then and now Scran is one such source – an archive of over 360,000 images, movies and sounds from museums, galleries, archives and the media.

Create a Video Record of Happenings over Time

Animation Tools – there are a multitude of free tools for pupils to create a short video record of images to show the milestones of a period of time for a celebratory event. Whether stop-motion animation or a series of images in a video all linked together with narration, text or a music track – there are many options to mark the changes which have happened in a period of time being marked in a celebration.

Social Media Historical Journeys

Three Ways to Create Fake Facebook Pages for Historical Events is a post by Richard Byrne which describes three different ways to create Facebook-style historical records of events, which could be used to portray in social media style the highlight events of any celebratory milestones period of time.

Amber Coggin has produced a SMART Notebook file for use with a SMART Board which is in the form of a Facebook template. This SMART Notebook file can be edited so that pupils can create their mock page to show the timeline of milestone events in a celebration . Click here to access this resources: http://smartboardgoodies.com/2011/02/11/facebook-page-template-notebook/

Alternatively from the iLearn Blog http://t.co/nXhLLC3 comes the links to use online fake social media pages Fakebook and Twister created by @russeltarr which can be used by getting the pupils to create fictional pages for historical events over the period of time of the celebration.

Marking milestones in history with pupils as a school community can be engaging for all – and that imaginative creativity can help with learning and teaching across the curriculum. Do you have ideas to share?

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