Interactive Research Project: Missionaries

Calling all busy Christian school teachers, Sunday school teachers, or homeschooling parents! Looking for something to depend your students' research skills and enhance their understanding of Christian missionaries around the world?  If so, I've got the just-right project for you!


Engage your students with this print-and-go research project that can be completed about any missionary. Everything you need to assign, complete, and assess this interactive research project is included!

The print-and-go resource includes components for a missionary research project. Give your students each a copy of the foldables and then let them choose (or you can assign) a missionary for them to study. As they research they can record their findings in their Research Log. Then they can take what they’ve learned and compile what they’ve learned into this fun keepsake/display.



I had my students glue the components on a manila file folder, but you could also use construction paper, scrapbook paper, poster board, or a journal.

These projects are excellent for oral presentations, open house displays, bulletin board/hallway displays, etc. They also store easily for transport.

Full student directions and teacher rubric options are included.


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We're LUCKY to Have Books - Project for ANY Book

Looking for something FUN to do for St. Patrick's Day without compromising important learning time? Engage your students with this cute project that puts their understanding of story elements to the test and reminds them that we're LUCKY to have books at the same time!

We're LUCKY to have BOOKS is a fun and festive print-and-go project booklet can be used around St. Patrick's Day/during the month of March to motivate students to read and deepen their comprehension and re-telling skills after they read any book.

This fun and engaging resource includes everything you need to assign, complete, and assess a project that can be used with ANY BOOK! (picture book or chapter book)

The project asks your students to create a shamrock-shaped booklet that assesses their reading comprehension and understanding of basic story elements. Perfect for St. Patrick's Day!

The pages include:
1. Cover
2. Setting
3. Main Characters
4. Retelling: Beginning
5. Retelling: Middle
6. Retelling: End
7. My Favorite Part
8. Problem/Solution
9. Theme
10. Something New I Learned
11. My Rating of the Book (1-5 stars) and Why

The packet also includes full student directions and a rubric for the teacher to use when grading the project.




Note: There are two versions of the shamrock booklet – small (2 to a page) and large (1 to a page)


This would make an excellent bulletin board display! Also, it can be a wonderful way for the students to get book recommendations from their classmates.

Living History Museum


This print-and-go resource includes EVERYTHING you need to successfully run a Living History Museum with your students. Created by Jessica Lawler - Joy in the Journey
One of my all-time favorite things I did with my fifth grade students every year was the Living History Museum! What is a Living History Museum, you may ask? LHM is a phenomenal event that challenges your students to develop their research skills and oral communication skills at the same time. 

Here's how it works: It’s an event that your class hosts (in the classroom, gymnasium, cafeteria, etc,) where you can invite parents and other classes to come and see your students’ hard work on display. Your students will research a famous person who contributed to society in an important way. They will take their research and turn it in to a short speech (written in the first person). On the day of the event they will stand around frozen in place and the visitors will come and press the "button" that will bring each student to life! The students will then present their memorized speech (as the historical figure) and then go back to their frozen position. This was one of the most memorable and profitable activities I did with my students all year and I’m passionate about making it easy for other teachers to do it as well.

Sample speech:
This print-and-go resource includes EVERYTHING you need to successfully run a Living History Museum with your students. Created by Jessica Lawler - Joy in the Journey
Sample pictures:
Can you name all of these famous people my students presented as?
This print-and-go resource includes EVERYTHING you need to successfully run a Living History Museum with your students. Created by Jessica Lawler - Joy in the Journey

Interested in trying out the Living History Museum with your class? I'd love to help you out! Because I'm so passionate about seeing the project done (and done well!) I have created a resource for busy teachers like yourself! This packet includes all of the resources I used to run this event with my class each year. You can pick and choose which elements you want to include or to save yourself time by hitting print, passing out the pages, and go! Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. 
This print-and-go resource includes EVERYTHING you need to successfully run a Living History Museum with your students. Created by Jessica Lawler - Joy in the JourneyThis print-and-go resource includes EVERYTHING you need to successfully run a Living History Museum with your students. Created by Jessica Lawler - Joy in the Journey
This print-and-go resource includes EVERYTHING you need to successfully run a Living History Museum with your students. Created by Jessica Lawler - Joy in the Journey

This print-and-go resource includes EVERYTHING you need to successfully run a Living History Museum with your students. Created by Jessica Lawler - Joy in the Journey

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