Enclosed in this resource pack are 5 ‘Historical Emoji’ display sheets and 5 corresponding descriptions. Every fortnight (or monthly), simply put up a new ‘Historical Emoji’ on a display board and have your students try to guess the event using the guess sheets. I staple a plastic wallet with the blank guess sheets and an envelope (or similar) to the display board for the completed forms. After the deadline (usually a week), simply put up the corresponding description sheet to reveal the answer.
I also put up a note identifying the winners, who each receive a merit. This then stays up for a week before I move on to the next ‘Historical Emoji’. It’s a great way to engage the pupils in some of the key events in history and if the task is a little easy, I award the merits to the pupils who offer the most detail, e.g. dates, names, countries etc.
The obvious issue with this display is the fact that it needs to be updated; however, you could change this to a monthly rotation if that is easier. I find that if all the sheets are printed off beforehand, it actually only takes 5-10minutes to switch the display around. By changing it so frequently the board certainly becomes a destination in the school and I often have pupils asking me about the display.
N.B. Some of the emojis are a little tongue-in-cheek and I do not mean to be insensitive to past tragedies. These are used purely as historical events. All images can be found on WikiCommons.
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