Exploring Primary Sources: Michigan

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  • Grade: 2-5
  • Interest Level: 1-7
  • Item: 123526
  • ISBN: 9781087608563
  • Language: English

Bring history to life by integrating authentic primary sources that stand out against the normal backdrop of textbooks. This series features fact-checked, historically accurate primary sources that provide students with a comprehensive understanding of historical events while saving teachers' valuable prep time. Exploring Primary Sources: Michigan Kit will dive into the history of Michigan, from its earliest people to how residents affect change in the state today.

With a focus on inquiry-based learning and increased rigor, this kit prompts students to naturally begin to use critical thinking to delve deeply into analyzing the characteristics of a good citizen and the importance of civic engagement while considering multiple points of view. The well-organized lessons are easy to implement while meeting standards such as the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), WIDA/TESOL, McREL, and the C3 Framework.

Primary Sources: Michigan Kit includes:

  • 8 Primary Source Cards:
    • Adapting to Michigan
    • Erie Canal
    • Oldsmobile
    • And more...
  • 8 Primary Source Reproductions:
    • Early Map of Michigan
    • State Constitution
    • And more...
  • Teacher's guide
  • Digital resources


Series highlights include:

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

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.

Digital Resources

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