Patterns in History

Grade: 6th, 7th, 8th

Subject:  Social Studies

Topic: patterns in war or other historical events

Description: Students review data and identify patterns and trends in wars and other historical events. The teacher helps to draw attention to the fact that the students are using the computational thinking skill of pattern recognition.

Social Studies TEKs: 7.1A
identify the major eras in Texas history, describe their defining characteristics, and explain why historians divide the past into eras, including Texas in the Great Depression and World War II

Technology TEK:

3. Research and information fluency. The student acquires, analyzes, and manages content from digital resources. The student is expected to:
(C)  select and evaluate various types of digital resources for accuracy and validity; and
(D)  process data and communicate results.

Procedure:

Students review data and identify patterns and trends in wars and other historical events. The teacher helps to draw attention to the fact that the students are using the computational thinking skill of pattern recognition. Students can draw or graph the patterns they discover.

4Cs: Critical Thinking, Communication

Resources Lesson Link

Device Type: none needed. Students could prepare a table in a document or spreadsheet of the data collected about the patterns and use the graphing functionality to create a graph to represent the data.

ISTE Standards: Computational Thinker : 5a. Students formulate problem definitions suited for technology-assisted methods such as data analysis, abstract models and algorithmic thinking in exploring and finding solutions.