Primary Sources: Early American Indians Kit

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  • Grade: 3 - 8
  • Interest Level: 3-8
  • Item: TCM10375
  • ISBN: 9780743903752
  • Language: English

Primary Sources help teachers integrate authentic resources into the classroom. Primary sources capture students' curiosity about the past, so they naturally begin to use critical thinking to analyze historical events. This kit uses original documents and photographs to provide students with a unique insight into the lives of early American Indians.

Early American Indians kit includes:

  • Eight Photograph Cards:
    • Algonquin village and Southeastern Indian village
    • Plains Indians play lacrosse
    • Petroglyphs in Utah
    • And more…
  • Eight Primary Sources:
    • Document signed by chiefs of the Six Nations in receipt of ten thousand dollars in 1768
    • Map of the Indian tribes on the East Coast in 1650
    • Fort and settlement of New Amsterdam on Manhattan Island in the 1620s
    • And more…
  • Teacher's Guide including lesson plans, studentactivities, and document-based assessments
  • Digital resources including student reproduciblesand additional primary sources

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Series highlights include:

  • 8 Photo Cards
  • 8 Primary Sources
  • Teacher's Guide with easy-to-use lessons and document-based assessments
  • Digital Resources
Primary Sources: Early American Indians Kit

8 Photo Cards

Make social studies content accessible to students with the photo cards in each Primary Sources kit. Each photo card has four general areas on the back for teacher and student use. The top of the card has a brief Historical Background Information section. Along the left side of the card is the Analyzing History section. This includes questions and activities designed to make students analyze what they see and learn. In the Historical Writing section, students are given two writing assignments, one fiction and one nonfiction. Finally, the History Challenge section offers fun extension ideas for the students.

8 Primary Sources

Provide students with a deeper and more comprehensive view of historical events through maps, letters, photographs, political cartoons, and more! Students will participate in the constructive process of history by studying primary source documents and photographs. Viewing historic photographs, handling facsimiles of famous documents, and reading the comments and opinions of those in the past prepare students for document-based assessments.

Teacher's Guide

Give teachers the tools to breathe life into history. The Teacher's Guide provides extensive details about each component in the kit. Lesson plans are organized with objectives, materials, discussion questions, suggestions for using the primary sources, and extension ideas. Historical background pages are provided to give teachers and students information about each of the primary sources being studied.

Teacher's Guide

Digital Resources

  • Digital copies of all photographs and primary sources
  • Bonus photographs and primary sources
  • Student reproducibles