Primary Sources: My Community Then and Now Kit

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  • Grade: K-3
  • Interest Level: K-3
  • Item: 8237
  • ISBN: 9780743982375
  • 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 provide students with a unique insight into the lives of people in different time periods.

These authentic resources will capture students' curiosity about the past and promote critical thinking as they study the differences between past and present banks, fire departments, mail, libraries, schools, and more!

Primary Sources: My Community Then and Now Kit includes:

  • Eight Photograph Cards:
    • North Carolina bank in 1940 and a line at an ATM today
    • Pony express rider in the 1860s and a young boy receiving his mail today
    • Portrait of a Dakota Indian medicine man and a modern medical test being performed
    • And more...
  • Eight Primary Sources:
    • Wanted Poster for the James Brothers
    • Modern Immunization Records
    • Cover of a seed catalog from the 1890s
    • 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: My Community 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 Community 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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