When planning this school year out and deciding what to cover for social studies/history, I asked my 6th grader what she learned the previous year. Her response was that they studied the Great Depression all year in both social studies and language arts, including reading both “Bud, not Buddy” and “Esperanza Rising“. While the book selections were fabulous and highly recommended, she still didn’t feel sure of what the Great Depression actually was. I don’t want to go over all the information again, but thought a little refresher would be a great way to kick off our school year before diving into new topics.
It was fairly easy to find links for her to watch that would pull all the details together in a timeline, but things really click with this kid when she does some sort of hands-on project. I have a massive list of project based learning ideas here (*coming soon*), but she’s really into the idea of Instagram right now. I went with it.
I created a ‘Mini Hack’ using Instagram as our base. Really, this project can be used with anything — famous people, historical events, even scientific discoveries, not just the Great Depression. The idea is to create a ‘visual story’ about the assignment, just as online marketers and social media managers do for their clients. Obviously, I don’t want my 11 year old messing with my Instagram account for her homework and she can’t get her own account for this purpose. So, I re-created Instagram in a pdf.
It’s not super fancy, but it gets the job done. Plus, she thinks it is awesome and that’s what counts. The assignment includes coming up with a creative name for the Instagram account, writing a bio for the profile, finding images that ‘tell the story’, and using #Hashtags. Fun, right?!
If you want to download a FREE copy of the Instagram “Mini Hack”, you can do so HERE. Why? Because we’re nice like that! Hope you love it as much as we do!
If you want to learn more about the Great Depression, these are the links I used:
The Dust Bowl – History Channel
Black Blizzard – History Channel
Migrant Mother – History Channel
The Great Depression – Crash Course US History #33
Brother Can You Spare a Dime – History Channel
The New Deal – Crash Course US History #34
Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Tennessee Valley Authority Act – History Channel
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