BIOGRAPHY ACTIVITIES to use FOR LEARNING ABOUT ANY PERSON

We had so much fun making these bio poster boards.

As a bonus, the kids learned a ton.
I started by having them complete oodles of activities from my biography packet which acquainted them with a whole bunch of famous folks.

Then I had them work in teams to research Benjamin Franklin. They had discussion about why he was famous. They talked about his accomplishments. Finally, they each wrote about him in the 1st person and performed a monologue as if they were Ben.



To make it oh-so-much-more-fun, I gave them each a poster board to use as a "costume."

I'm now having them each select their own historical figure of choice to repeat the process as an independent project at home.

I seriously loved this project. The kids did too.

They enjoyed walking around wearing their poster boards and singing, "Who flew a kite in a storm and made history...Ben Franklin Square Pants."



They also enjoyed having "conversations" with each other while wearing the poster board.

Kid 1: Hey Ben
Kid 2: Yo Ben
Kid 1: Ben I really liked how you proved lightning was electricity.
Kid 2: Thanks Ben. You know you're awesome right? I mean you signed the Declaration of Independence and all,
Kid 1: I know dude, right? I totally rock!

And then there was the boy who did a stellar job with his presentation...and then ended it by yelling, "Thank you Philadelphia. Ben Franklin has left the building."

Third graders make me laugh.


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We kicked off our biography unit this week.

It's part of our social studies curriculum and technically it is a study of Massachusetts Biographies, but we began learning about the genre with a mini-study of Martin Luther King Jr.

I read several picture books and the students buddy read a free printable reader from A to Z.

We created a top-down web listing information that we learned about MLK.

Then I read The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown, and the students completed an activity I created for my biography packet that was inspired by the book. They used the same format as Brown's book to compose their own version, "The important thing about Martin Luther King Jr. is..."



Finally, each of my friends made a portrait of MLK using the directions from TLC. They came out crazy cute. I hung each of them up even though I'll probably take them down and send them home soon. They were just too adorable not to display.

Today we did another activity (The I Am Poem) from the Biography Packet and a craftivity to go with it. It related so nicely to our autobiography's and the It's OK to be Different projects. I really feel like I am able to get to know my students on a completely different level through these projects. They really open up and share such sweet ideas and insight into who they are. It's been a fun week

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