Several years ago I stumbled upon some historical images that people recreated using Legos. I would share these with my students when we got to these periods in history, but thought recently, "this could be a good lesson for an entire class".
Before I get into this lesson idea here are some of my favorite images I compiled. Along with the Lego imag, I added the real image on the next slide plus an interesting link to follow up about the event or the image itself.
To be clear though, these are NOT my pictures. Here are links to the incredible galleries and people who made many of these:
Plus check out this site called "Rare Historical Photos: And the story behind them…" I used this to do research on some of these photos and learned so much more from just digging around.. You can also follow them on Twitter here.
Now making these recreations isn't as simple as finding the right Legos. You have to think about lighting, backgrounds, and focus. For example, check out some of the setup required by making one of these images:
So, can I do something like this in my classroom?
Here is what I would do.
Good luck and please share back if you use this at all.
After family movie night watching Apollo 13, I shared some of the real life images from the Apollo missions which NASA posted last year on their Flickr account. They uploaded over 14,000 images from all the Apollo missions. These are incredible resources that you can share with your students to really grasp what these magnitude of these missions.
Much like any "vacation photos" you'll find often way too many scenic shots, but there are some pretty incredible ones too
For example, do you remember this scene in the movie? Its the one where the NASA team needs to teach the crew to create a modified carbon dioxide scrubber.