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Primary Sources: My Country Then and Now Kit

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  • Grade: K-3
  • Interest Level: PK-5
  • Item: 8188
  • ISBN: 9780743981880
  • Language: English

Build social studies content-area literacy by integrating dynamic primary sources into the classroom! This comprehensive kit uses original documents, maps, photographs, and other materials to engage students in learning about the ways the United States has changed over centuries. These authentic resources will capture students' curiosity about the past and promote critical thinking as they study past and present American holidays, cities, national parks, presidents, and more!

Primary Sources: My Country Then and Now Kit includes:

  • 8 Primary Source Cards:
    • Yellowstone National Park in the 1890s and the crowded park today
    • Betsy Ross showing the first flag design to colonial leaders and the U.S. Capitol surrounded by flags today
    • President Abraham Lincoln and the Lincoln Memorial
    • And more...
  • 8 Primary Source Reproductions:
    • Warning sign about bison from Yellowstone National Park
    • Original score of "The Star Spangled Banner"
    • Artifacts in Lincoln's pocket at his death
    • And more...
  • Teacher's guide
  • Digital resources

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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: My Country Then and Now Kit

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.
Primary Sources: My Country Then and Now Kit

Digital Resources

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