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Where Were You?
Grades 3-12

Overview: Let your students' interview their parents about certain historical events, taking notes about where they were and what they remember, to share later with the class.
Teacher Preparation: Add to this list, select events and make a list.
Event Ideas:

  • First man on moon
  • Kennedy assassinations
  • Ronald Reagan shot
  • Mount Saint Helens erupting
  • Nixon resigning
  • Challenger accident
  • Bombing in Oklahoma City
  • John Lennon shot
  • Elvis Presley dies

Points to Remember: You could go over the journalism topics: who, what, when, where, why, how. Parents can talk about the feelings they had at the time of the event, making for meaningful sharing time with their child. Have students make their own list of events from last year that they remember, to discuss with their parents.