The curated resources linked below are an initial sample of the resources coming from a collaborative and rigorous review process with the EAD Content Curation Task Force.
In this interactive episode, KidCitizen uses a historic panoramic map as an object for active inquiry to engage children in wondering about this representation of a place where people live. Students closely observe the geographic features, like rivers, shorelines, and farmland along with its plant life, animal life, and man-made structures. Students collect clues in the researcher journal and use them throughout the adventure. There are a number of pathways for inquiry. Students may apply their geographic and historical thinking strategies to wonder about movement of people or reflect on the unique qualities of the area that define it as a place.
This Readers' Theater and Read Aloud Story introduces students to the people who lived and worked at George Washington's Mount Vernon plantation. Students meet members of the Washington family, members of the enslaved community at Mount Vernon, and indentured servants working on the estate.
George Washington's Mount Vernon
In this lesson on the experiences and contributions of immigrants to the United States, elementary students explore the reasons why people volutarily or were forced to move to a new country, both earlier in history and recently. Using primary sources spanning 100 years, students generate questions and look for answers. Students will also interview adults in their lives or at school about their own immigration stories.
Emerging America - Collaborative for Educational Services
This lesson teaches students about the responsibilities of the National Park Service in preserving both nature and culture. Students will engage with the changing landscape of Yellowstone National Park and Mesa Verde.
In this lesson, students practice their sourcing, corroboration and close reading skills by examining two diary entries of Spanish explorers involved in the Portola Expedition. Students are asked to consider the relative strengths and weaknesses in using these diary accounts to understand the purpose of the expedition and life for Native Americans across California in the 18th century.
"Why do people move?" is a four-mystery/lesson inquiry unit that helps students learn about push and pull factors, refugees, and the Great Migration by exploring primary and secondary sources to answer historical questions.
History's Mysteries Historical Inquiry for Elementary Classrooms
In this Kindergarten unit, students will explore three mysteries, 1)What is the difference between then and now? 2) Where do people work? and 3) How is work different now than in the past? Students will explore primary source images from the Library of Congress to solve historical mysteries with evidence.