Primary Sources: Citizenship and Government Kit

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  • Grade: K-3
  • Interest Level: PK-5
  • Item: 18277
  • ISBN: 9781433372773
  • Language: English

Encourage young students to take an active role in learning and expand their study of citizenship beyond the textbook by integrating dynamic primary sources into the classroom! This comprehensive kit uses original documents, photographs, and other materials to engage elementary school students in understanding what it means to be a good U.S. citizen. These authentic resources will capture students' curiosity about the past, develop critical thinking skills, and build vocabulary as they delve into the following topics: American symbols, American holidays, civics, the branches of government, community helpers, foundational U.S. documents, American heroes, and rules and laws.

Primary Sources: Citizenship and Government Kit includes:

  • Teacher's Guide with standards-based lessons, student activity sheets, discussion questions, content-area connections, and more
  • 8 Photograph Cards
  • 8 Primary Source Documents including sheet music of The Star-Spangled Banner, Susan B. Anthony stamps, a hand-written student letter to President Kennedy, and more
  • Digital resources providing digital copies of all photographs and primary sources, student reproducibles, and additional primary sources


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: Citizenship and Government 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.

Digital Resources

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