4th Grade Social Studies: Sailing in the Ships of Explorers...Fantastic blog post about steps this teacher took to help kids understand the explorers by becoming one! There is an excellent freebie for kids to use as they write a letter from the explorer's point of view. Outstanding! Teacher outlines a seven week study.
Turn historical figures into Wanted Figures. This can especially effective if you have students take the point of view of one side of a war or battle. Why would the English put George Washington on a Wanted Poster?