That's Incredible Show!

Social Studies/Performing arts

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

What to Do

  1. 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 Aaron.
    • 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.

  2. Explain to children that they will be searching for incredible facts or records. Some good sources are The Guinness Book of Records and magazines such as National Geographic World, Kid City, and 3-2-1 Contact.

  3. 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.

  4. After the interviews have been rehearsed, the class could present the show to their parents or another class in the school.

Teaching Options

Gather all the incredible facts researched and use them to create a program guide for the show.

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