William Penn Activities

Instructor: Tawnya Eash

Tawnya has a master's degree in early childhood education and teaches all subjects at an elementary school.

Do you need some engaging activities for your older students to learn about William Penn? Take a look at some interesting activities to get your students excited and actively involved in facts about William Penn.

William Penn in the Classroom

William Penn is most famous for the founding of Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania actually means Penn's Woods, named after William Penn's father. William Penn wanted to make a living in this area, which was a colony before it became a state, and help it to flourish.

Before, during, or after your students have studied William Penn's life, there are some engaging activities that could be used to enhance their learning. Each activity provides students with a unique way of learning more about William Penn. Keep in mind the following as you begin:

  • Provide a tentative due date.
  • Explain where students will work (home, school, some of both).
  • Choose a way to assess each activity, such as a rubric.

William Penn Activities

Research and Presentation

One of the ways your students could increase their knowledge and interest in William Penn is by conducting their own research and presentation. Students could work independently, with a partner, or in a small group, depending on what works best in your classroom.

The following tips would be helpful:

  • Students must include the following information about William Penn:
    • Who is he?
    • Where is he from?
    • When was he born?
    • What were some of his biggest accomplishments, and when did he accomplish them?
    • Why is it important to know about William Penn?
  • You could decide how you would like your students to complete the presentation or you could provide them with options. Potential types of presentations include:
    • Google Slides
    • PowerPoint Presentation
    • Detailed Posters
    • Speech
    • Three-Panel Display Board
    • Timeline

Creating a Book

If you have students who are creative or artistic, you could let them shine by assigning them the task of writing and illustrating a book about William Penn. Your students could work individually or with a partner. This book could be an informational book for older or younger students.

Check out the following tips and ways to complete this activity:

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