|Here is the final product. Read on for the how to! :)|
The worksheet (which came from this book, History Pockets: Colonial America, Grades 4-6+ , that I do like and recommend) asked the students to cut out the buildings that would be found in a typical Colonial village and place them on a sheet of paper. They could then add the information cut out and, viola, a Colonial village with "research".
So to up the rigor a bit, we read the research section from the worksheet. I gave them another informative essay about colonial villages. We cross referenced the two materials and took note of the most important ideas (ie: what buildings were vital to a village, where were they placed, etc...)
Then, using a coordinate plane that I made up for the kids, I had them plan out their own village. They drew a basic home, meeting house, the village square, etc...as well as a river and roads. The kids needed to make sure that these buildings were from the research, and rectangular.
|This is a drawing one of the students made, based on the research that we did in class.|
|This is 1/4 of a sheet of paper. Each building got its own workspace.|
So that is that. A little way to make a simple worksheet just a little bit more rigorous.
|Here is one completed "package". Both the village plan and the math can be seen.|
|Another up close example. You can see that the other math sheets are behind the first.|
You can grab the coordinate grid and math organizer here.
What is something you have done to make a worksheet more intense?