Teaching Oral History Projects with Pre-K Students

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Published on March 10, 2014

Author: mwinikates

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Overview of oral history techniques suitable for pre-K and K students, with emphasis on incorporating the visual arts in personal history and storytelling activities. Includes recommended read-alouds and recording/editing apps for ipad and Android platforms

WHAT DOES ORAL HISTORY LOOK LIKE? -Group Interview (guest speaker; work in groups to prepare questions & share responsibilities) -Individual Interviews (interview a parent, grandparent, etc.) -Survey sent Home (with a cover letter encouraging parents to talk with their kids about these questions) -“Object” Interview (bring a meaningful object from home; teacher interviews the childe about it; make a book) -Field Trip Interview (take the class to a Senior Center or other place where students can interview several subjects in the same location)

GOOD DISCUSSION QUESTIONS • Family holiday traditions • “When I was at school…” • My favorite family food • My favorite part of school • When we went on the field trip/vacation to… • What I like about my neighborhood • What do I like to learn about • Describe a family photo: what‟s happening here? • Who do I live with? What language do we speak at home? Who are our neighbors? • What do I want to be when I grow up? • Who is one of my heroes? Why? What else? How does that tie in to what you‟re working on now?

WORKING IN THE VISUAL ARTS • Draw/paint a picture of … • Use a camera • Collage with photos from class/home • Make a memory box/jar • Wire or clay sculpture of a field trip object • „Journaling‟ • Illustrate a story someone else tells you • Then describe and record!

EASY APPS FOR RECORDING AND MORE Ipad/Iphone: • TellPic (take a picture, record a description) • Book of Me (create an avatar, record the story) • My Story - Book Maker for Kids (draw, type, and record vocals) Android: • Smart Video Creator (video editing, image and sound addition, recording) • SayPic (take a picture, record, add text and music)

BOOKS TO INTRODUCE THE IDEA Song and Dance Man, by Karen Ackerman Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs, by Tomie dePaola My Grandmother's Cookie Jar, by Montzalee Miller Grandfather's Journey, by Allen Say When I Grew Up Long Ago, by Alvin Schwarz Others that you know?


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