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In this lesson, students learn more about famous structures and landmarks in Seattle, Washington and the individuals who created them. Students choose the landmarks they will research and then choose the software they will use to showcase their research. Students can choose to create a presentation, a brochure, or a newspaper using Web 2.0 tools (free, no download needed) or by using Microsoft Office or Google Apps. For classrooms with limited technology, this lesson can be completed with students working in pairs or small groups. The completed presentations can be shared with the rest of the class if the teacher chooses.

This is a great activity for a social studies or history class, or for a technology class. This lesson was designed for middle school (grades 6-8) but could be used in upper elementary grades or high school as well.

This lesson is great for distance learning/remote learning. You can upload it to your school’s learning management system (Google Classroom, Edmodo, Canvas, etc.) or share with students via Google Drive.

Materials Required:

  • Computers with Internet access for each student (or pair of students)
  • Access to Microsoft PowerPoint or Google Slides (optional – students can use Web 2.0 tools instead)

Files included:

  • Teacher & Student Resources
  • Student Project Instructions, Expectations and Grading Rubric

Approximate Lesson Duration:

  • Introduction to the Lesson: Video (link below), overview of the project – .5 – 1 (50 minute) class period
  • Research and Presentation Project: 2-3 (50 minute) class periods
  • Presentation of projects to class (optional): Time will vary based on how many presentations are shown and time for discussion