That's Incredible Show!
Social Studies/Language Arts Activity
Children will research world records and then portray the people who broke
them in a class interview show.
WHAT YOU NEED
- The Guinness Book of Records
- Children's magazines that contain amazing facts
- Guiness Multimedia Disc of Records CD by Grolier (optional)
- The Guinness Encyclopedia CD by Wayzata (optional)
WHAT TO DO
- Discuss with children what a world record is and the kinds of records that
people try to break. If necessary, write a few on the board:
- The most home runs hit in a baseball player's career is 755 by "Hank"
- The heaviest lollipop ever made weighed 2,220.5 pounds.
- The largest number of jumps using a pogo stick is 177,737.
- The largest pizza ever baked was 122 feet, 8 inches around.
- Explain to children that they will be searching for incredible facts or
records. Some good sources are The Guinness Book of Records and National
Geographic World, Kid City, and 3-2-1 Contact magazines.
- Verify and approve the chosen records or facts and then have children
create their own That's Incredible Show. Have each child decide whether they
want to be an interviewer or a guest on the show. Explain that a guest is the
person who was somehow involved in an incredible record or fact. The
interviewer is the one who will ask the guest a few questions, such as how
they broke the record and why. Note that the guest will know what questions
the interviewer will ask in advance. Encourage children to make simple props
and costumes to add to the fun.
- After the interviews have been rehearsed, the class could present the
show to their parents or another class in the school.
Gather all the incredible facts researched and use them to create a program
guide for the show.
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