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Powerful Primary Source Documents for iPad Readers

5 Mar

screen480x480-4 Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 6.46.45 AMPrimary source documents are powerful tools for engaging students with social studies content and informational text.  These artifacts can bring history to life for students who may feel disconnected from experiences of people long ago.  The Book of Negroes is the companion app to the multi-part television series.  It is a free download with content that covers a wide range of time and experiences.  This interactive app lets users of all ages follow a timeline, read informational text, and view documents and images.

It’s a great addition to your student’s iPad and is completely free to download.  Visit the App Store for more information!

Online Resource: LIFE Photo Archive

11 Jul

Screen Shot 2014-07-09 at 11.45.23 PMPrimary source documents, especially photographs, are powerful tools for grabbing the attention of students.  Sometimes it’s challenging to find the right picture to connect to a historical fiction literature circle or to support a Social Studies lesson.  I’m a big fan of Google Image searches but another option is to check out the LIFE photo archive hosted by Google.  You can search over a hundred years worth of photographs by typing in a keyword or choosing a specific event or time period.  This is a terrific resource for teachers who work with students of any age!

Looking to explore primary source documents with your students?  Check out this lesson plan!


Access a Museum Collection from Your Web Browser

2 Jun

Screen Shot 2014-05-27 at 8.22.09 AMI’ve shared tons of resources to bring museums to your students’ fingertips (AMNH, MOMA) and here is another to add to the list.  The Metropolitan Museum of Art has given the public access to almost 400,000 items in their collection!  Some of the artwork and artifacts are currently on display while others in this online resource are packed away in storage.

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You can connect these items to a Social Studies unit or simply use a piece of artwork as inspiration for a writing assignment.  Whether you decide to check out this fantastic resource during a unit on poetry or to enhance a biography, there are tons of primary sources and beautiful artwork to share with students of all ages!


Here are a few lesson plans for teaching with primary source documents!





Old and New: Primary Sources in the 21st Century

30 Nov

I’ve shared some of my favorite apps for studying the American Revolution and industrialization.  National Archives DocsTeach and Today’s Document are two great apps for exploring American history in your classroom.  Search by topic or check daily for high quality images with detailed information on a variety of subjects.

Check out my common core aligned lesson using this app in the classroom!

Here’s another common core aligned lesson using history apps in the classroom!

One more common core aligned lesson using history apps in the classroom!

This app is available on Android devices.

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