These are the History Question Charts that I made last week. These charts are just one of the tools that is used in Montessori to teach the child how to research, take notes, and organize their findings. They can serve as a skeleton for a written report or oral presentation as well.
Helena Reid has shared her MINW training course notes on the History Question Charts. Her notes are a good read and also provide a clear list of all the questions for each chart if you plan to make your own. I also recommend the Montessori Teacher's Institute Mentor Transcripts on this topic. The transcripts detail how to train the child to use them and how to scaffold the experience.
Charts are made so that they can be stacked with just the headers showing as in my first photo. Above you can see them all laid out at once.
Here is a closer look a two of the charts...
...and the other two.
The charts should be big enough so that you and the child can answer the questions of your choosing, write the answer on index cards or quarter sheets of paper, and lay them in the appropriate rectangle on the chart. You might stack multiple cards in one triangle. My charts are sized large enough to hold quarter sheets of paper but I threw some index cards on there to snap the photos. I should point out that I originally typed up charts on the computer and printed them only to realize in the end that they were TOO SMALL. When I made them the second time I bought large sheets of posterboard. For your reference, my largest chart (the red one) is 28 inches wide and 14 inches tall.
You are also not limited to simply answering questions. Helenda Reid stated in her notes, "The blank spots on each chart are an invitation to the children to place their own questions on the chart. They are also a way of showing the children that not only do we not have all the answers we don't even have all the questions we could ask."