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Primary Sources: Investigating Geography Kit

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  • Grade: 9-12
  • Interest Level: 9-12
  • ISBN: 9781433313981
  • Language: English

Develop visual literacy and global awareness by integrating dynamic primary sources into the classroom! This comprehensive kit uses original documents, maps, photographs, and other materials to engage students in understanding world geography. These authentic resources will capture students' curiosity and build critical-thinking skills as they analyze historical events and practices related to geography.

Primary Sources: Investigating Geography Kit includes:

  • Eight Photograph Cards:
    • Expanding desert in Somalia
    • Blood Falls in Antarctica
    • Greater Sudbury Superstack in Canada
    • And more...
  • Eight Primary Sources:
    • NASA satellite image of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill
    • Monitoring the rainforest in the Congo with GIS
    • Demographic transition model
    • And more...
  • Teacher's Guide including lesson plans, student activities, and document-based assessments
  • Digital resources including copies of all photographs and primary sources, student reproducibles, and 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: Investigating Geography 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
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