This project began as famous couples (in honor of Valentine’s Day). It quickly morphed to famous duos and it is appropriate for any day of the year. The list of duos includes people in history, fictional characters, and pairs in pop culture.
Each student selects one of the pairs:
Mickey and Minnie Mouse
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Simon and Garfunkel
Abbott and Costello
Yoko Ono and John Lennon
Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos
Juan and Eva Peron
Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer
Winston Churchill and Clementine
Pocahontas and John Smith
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
John and Jackie Kennedy
Romeo and Juliet
Bonnie and Clyde
Tarzan and Jane
Barbie and Ken
Barack and Michelle Obama
Pierre and Marie Curie
Antony and Cleopatra
Napoleon and Josephine
Lancelot and Guinevere
Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd
Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt
George and Martha Washington
Julius Caesar and Cleopatra
Louis XVI and Marie Antionette
Aladdin and Jasmine
Kermit and Miss Piggy
Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King
Paris and Helen of Troy
Odysseus and Penelope
Holmes and Watson
After their pair is selected, they research WHY this duo is famous and some interesting facts about the duo.
Prepare a SHORT (two minute) presentation on their duo. The presentation must include information about what the duo is most famous for and relevant background information. My preference is for the students to create a powerpoint slide(s) featuring their assigned people.
Students also prepare a 3 x 5 card (or similarly sized paper) with the name of their duo and the most important information about why this duo is famous. This will be used for the game on Day Four.
Students present their duo. To encourage active listening, I allow students to take notes on the presentations they hear. They may use their notes as they play the game on Day Four.
I allow students to use their notes from Day 3 as they complete this activity. Make copies of this chart for the 5 in a row game.
Students write one duo in each box. (Use only the duos your students researched and students write one in each box in a random order). Use the index cards your students prepared as part of their presentation and read the clue aloud to the class. If students have that duo on their card, they circle the name of the duo. Continue until someone has circled all the pairs on their card. If you have time to play a second time, have students place an X over the duo the second time you play.
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