Monthly Archives: March 2018

Using Primary Sources to Teach About Our Nation’s Beginning

Primary sources are artifacts, documents, or any other source of information created at the time under study. They provide records of the period of time in which they were created.

They take many formats:

  • manuscripts
  • photographs
  • audio or video recordings
  • journals, diaries, and letters
  • speeches
  • political cartoons
  • newspaper articles
  • advertisements
  • government documents
  • and more!

These valuable resources engage students in a meaningful way, resulting in a deeper understanding of past events. By analyzing primary sources, students gain greater insight into what it was like to live during the period of time in which the materials were created.

Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

Inquiry into primary sources helps students achieve the following standards set forth in the CCSS, which places an emphasis on informational text:

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

Identify key steps in a text’s description of a process related to history/social studies.

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New Products for March 2018

Look what’s new from our publishers.

Carson Dellosa Publishing – 36 new titles

Carson Dellosa Publishing just keeps pouring out amazing titles.  This month we have the next installment in the monthly teacher resource, a new series called Math Workshop, new additions to the Guided Reading series and then a major refresh and update to the ever popular Math 4 Today and Language Arts 4 Today series.  Make sure you check out these new titles from one of your preferred publishers!

Teacher Created Materials – 28new titles

Last month Teacher Created Materials released a wide variety of titles, such as destinations and science titles plus much more.  This month they released many of the same titles in Spanish.  So be sure to check out these titles.

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