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Create a Virtual Reality Experience

Students will select a historical landmark or event and conduct research to learn more about it. They will collect photos or illustrations to show what what life was like during a specific time period. Then they will create a poster or write a script for a historically accurate virtual reality experience.

PROCESS:

  1. As a class, discuss what virtual reality is. Encourage students to describe any virtual reality experiences they've had. 
  2. Instruct students to select a historical landmark or event. Brainstorm ideas about how that topic could be turned into a virtual reality experience.
  3. Point out that in order for their experiences to be historically accurate, every aspect of the experience must be authentic. That includes things such as clothes, hairstyles and modes of transportation. Create a list of other items to consider.
  4. Have students conduct research on their topic. Instruct them to find photos or illustrations to show what life was like in the time period they plan to cover.
  5. Give students time to create a poster or write a script for their virtual reality experience.

ASSESSMENT: 

Encourage students to share what they learned about life during the time period they investigated. Then invite them to share their posters or scripts with the class. Evaluate the historical accuracy of each presentation.

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:     

Grades 3-4:
Select one historical landmark or event for the class. Then divide the class into small groups. Assign each group one or two lifestyle topics to research. Have groups share what they learned with the class. Then have each student draw a historically accurate poster advertising the virtual reality experience.

Grades 5-6:
Divide the class into small groups. Encourage each group to select a historical landmark or event. Tell groups to conduct research to learn more about their topic and what life was like in the time period they plan to cover. Then have each group draw a historically accurate poster advertising its virtual reality experience.

Grades 7-8:
Divide the class into small groups. Encourage each group to select a historical landmark or event. Tell groups to conduct research to learn about their topic and what life was like in the time period they plan to cover. Then have each group write a short script for its virtual reality experience.

Grades 9-10:
Divide the class into pairs. Instruct each pair to select a historical landmark or event. Tell them to conduct research to learn more about their topic and what life was like in the time period they plan to cover. Then have each pair write a short script for its virtual reality experience. After partners present to the class, challenge them to explain how historical details helped shape the plot of their script.