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History - Pre-K

Exploring the Past: A Journey Through History

Welcome to our pre-kindergarten history lesson! Today, we will embark on an exciting adventure to learn about the past. Our young learners will discover how people lived long ago, explore ancient civilizations, and understand the importance of history in shaping our world today.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Know: Understand that history is the study of the past and helps us learn about different cultures and events.
  • Understand: Recognize key historical figures, events, and symbols.
  • Can Do: Engage in age-appropriate activities to explore history and develop an appreciation for the past.


Our lesson will be interactive and hands-on, allowing our young learners to actively engage with history. We will use a combination of storytelling, visual aids, crafts, and group activities to make the learning experience enjoyable and memorable.

Resources/Materials Required:

  • Picture books about historical figures and events
  • Visual aids (e.g., maps, timelines, photographs)
  • Art supplies for crafts (e.g., construction paper, markers, glue)
  • Props or costumes for role-playing activities


1. Introduction (10 minutes): Begin by discussing the concept of history and why it is important. Show pictures of different historical figures and ask the students if they recognize anyone.

2. Storytelling (15 minutes): Read a picture book about a famous historical figure or event, such as Abraham Lincoln or the first moon landing. Encourage students to ask questions and share their thoughts.

3. Craft Activity (20 minutes): Provide materials for a simple craft related to the story. For example, if reading about dinosaurs, students can create their own paper dinosaurs. This activity allows them to express their creativity while reinforcing the lesson content.

4. Group Activity (15 minutes): Divide the class into small groups and assign each group a different historical event or civilization. Provide visual aids and encourage the students to discuss what they see. Then, have each group present their findings to the class.

5. Role-Playing (15 minutes): Choose a historical figure or event and assign roles to the students. They can dress up and act out a short scene, allowing them to immerse themselves in history and develop empathy for the people of the past.


To assess the students' understanding, you can:

  • Ask open-ended questions about the lesson content
  • Observe their participation and engagement during activities
  • Review their crafts and listen to their explanations

Remember to provide positive feedback and encourage further exploration of history!

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