Local History
From Superkids by Jean Marzollo - Illustrations by Irene Trivas

Many of the activities on these pages may require adult supervision.
Be sure to tell a grown-up about what you're planning and ask for permission before getting started.

It's more interesting than you might think.


Start by interviewing real people, the senior citizens in your community. Ask them specific questions. For example: "What was a special birthday or other holiday present you remember receiving when you were little?" or "How did your family get food when you were little?" Ask about milk, eggs, meat, vegetables, and desserts. "What was the most embarrassing thing that happened to you when you were a child? The best thing? The funniest thing?" "What was your favorite dress or suit?" "What was your first job? How much were you paid?" "Where did you grow up? What was it like? Do you have pictures of yourself there?"

As you write down the answers to these questions, you'll be learning history. Don't ask all your questions at once. Focus on one set of questions at a time, and write a report about the answers you receive. Go back again later for other interviews.

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Based on the book SUPERKIDS: Creative Learning Activities for Children 5-15
Text © Jean Marzollo, Illustrations © Irene Trivas

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