What Came First? - Primary Sources
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Fourth graders watch video clips and view a website to work out a definition of "primary source." They determine how primary sources can be used in research.
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Civil War Photography: Photography as a Primary Source
Can we learn a thing or two about history by looking at pictures from the past? As young historians view 2-D and 3-D primary source photographs, they respond to a series of worksheets that guides them toward unveiling clues about the past.
4th - 7th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Using Primary Sources in the Classroom
Scholars study a historical photograph to make predictions of what happened right after the picture was taken. They research a variety of different topics and use primary sources to answer questions about common food, fashion trends, and...
4th - 12th Social Studies & History
Sourcing a Document: The First Thanksgiving
How reliable is a painting of the first Thanksgiving if it was created 300 years after the fact? Learners assess the validity of a primary source image to determine what it can actually reveal about this event.
3rd - 7th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Fur Trappers and Beaver Pelts
Young scholars explore the history of Colorado's fur trade. Using a series of primary source documents and the included graphic organizer, students examine the causes influencing the growth of this industry and the effects it had on both...
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Native Americans of the Chesapeake Bay: Using Primary vs. Secondary Sources
Discover the rich Native American culture that existed at the time of early European exploration into the Chesapeake region through analysis of several primary and secondary sources.
4th - 5th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Gathering Primary Sources; Oral Testimonies
What is a primary source and can an oral testimony be one? Older learners will compare and contrast stories from family members on their perspectives on what happened on September 11, 2001. Then they will compare the stories to see if...
4th - 8th Social Studies & History
Reading Primary Source Documents: Historical Content
Why do we read primary source documents? What can they give us that other writings cannot? Provide your learners with any of the primary sources attached here (there are seven), and have them complete the graphic organizer (which opens...
1st - 12th English Language Arts
Using Primary Source Documents
Students examine copies of primary source documents and determine the document's value to a researcher. They analyze and evaluate the document for bias or contradiction. They know the difference between a primary and secondary source.
4th - 6th Social Studies & History