Ask students how they can discover some facts about the day they were born.
Who was the leader of their country?
What movie was showing in local theaters?
What book was a bestseller?
Who was a sports hero?
How much did a hamburger cost?
What were the top 10 song hits?
Write these and other questions suggested by the children on the chalkboard.
the students copy the list and then use the Internet or the local
library's microfilm newspaper file to find the answers.
children can write their findings
human interest or feature stories, creative pieces or factual reports.
Variation: For younger children, duplicate the question list to take home and have them interview their parents.