K-6 Social Studies Resources


Teaching Using Primary and Secondary Sources--Refresher!

There are so many ways to engage our thinkers in the area of social studies. We talk with them about current events, nonfiction texts, historical events, and even discuss geography.

So what are primary and secondary sources?

Primary sources are documents or physical objects that were written or created during the time under study. They offer an insider view point into a particular historical event.

Types of primary sources:

diaries, speeches, letters, interviews, news film footage, autobiographies, pamphlets, and even personal narratives.

Secondary sources are interpret and analyze primary sources. They may have pictures, quotes, or graphics of primary sources in them.

Types of secondary sources:

textbooks, magazine articles, histories, commentaries, criticisms, encyclopedias.

How would I use these in my classroom?

There are always places in your curriculum you could tie a primary or secondary source into the concept you are trying to teach. Please take a look a the below online resources to help support your understanding and your students' understanding of primary and secondary sources.

Primary and secondary sources can be introduced as early as kindergarten but the sophistication increases from each grade level to grade level. I challenge you and your team to use at least one primary or secondary source with your next unit of study.






Government & Election Picture Books

Providing Choice in Social Studies

One way to differentiate your instruction is by providing different choice in final products.

Try an Extension Menu:

Create extra activities for students to further their understanding of the concepts taught. Students can choose a set number of items to complete, or can be required to choose 3 in a tic-tac-toe pattern so that you can ensure they have a variety of activities

Below is an example of an Extension Menu.

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Primary vs Secondary Sources
Kids Explain the 3 Levels of Government