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Elementary History: Semester 1

9-10:15 AM (ages 9-12) World History Instructor: Mary Poole

  • Ended
  • 235 US dollars
  • Irving Park Lutheran Church Gymnasium (diagonally across from church)

Service Description

See Mary's video promo for class at Instructor Mary Poole has adapted the Big History Curriculum (originally designed for middle school) for ages 9-12. This curriculum gives a great overview of world history from the big bang through today, and is a great starting point for young children to gain a big picture of world history, while zeroing in on various fascinating events that make them life-long observers and inquisitive learners. In this class, students will experience a wide variety of different learning techniques from reading passages of library books on the week's topic, to playing relevant history-themed games, to making up commercials for famous historical figures, and more. There will be home learning activities each week as well (usually watching a short youtube video or reading an article). Goals include (a) enticing students into loving history (b) teaching students how to interact kindly and respectfully amongst students with opposing views (c) helping students to understand, relate to, and retain material Sample History Class Agenda - One Day in History Class - Open up Inquiry Box of time-period clothing & other artifacts. Discuss a short passage about a related unsolved mystery of history. (10min) - Watch 5min. video about something we're studying.(5min) - To memorize the time and place of the event and to review past things we've studied, play Nerf Quiz-- in which the answers are pinned to the wall and the students shoot the right answers with nerf guns. (5min) - Play Election Day, in which one random historical figure we've studied is running for Student Council President against another (ie. King Henry VIII vs. Cleopatra) and everyone makes up speeches about why we should vote for each one. (20min) - Read passages from library books covering the topic we're studying and debate them. (20min) - Play a brief board or card game themed with this topic in history (10min) - Recap and discuss what we'll learn the following week (5min) This class is in-person and meets at IPHG. Students taking this course at IPHG will also have the option of joining Mary's additional online zoom classes each week and optional field trips! Zoom sessions will not be redundant because different things will be done in the zoom session than in the in-person class.

Cancellation Policy

We keep our classes small to enhance learning outcomes. Because of this, it is important that our classes are filled up with students that are committed to the class.  If you have questions about a class, please contact us prior to signing up to make sure the class will meet your expectations.   Classes can ONLY be dropped within the first two weeks of the semester.  There is a $65 fee if dropped within the first week of class. There is an $80 fee if dropped within the second week of class. The remaining balance after dropping will be refunded. Classes CANNOT be dropped after the second week of scheduled classes. After the second week of scheduled classes no refund will be given.  To drop a class please email IPHG reserves the right to cancel any class. In the event IPHG cancels class is canceled before beginning, a credit to be applied for future semesters will be given. Credit will be for the value of the canceled class.

Contact Details

  • 4057 N Harding Ave, Chicago, IL, USA

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