Our wonderful 3rd Grade students are building a Primary Source Gallery in the library this month in order to teach MBES about these types of sources. They will be bringing in artifacts that others could use to learn about them and the time that they live in. Our Primary Source Gallery may include trophies, letters, postcards, photographs, toys and even clothing. Anything that can be used to learn about our culture and the time that we live in.
Be sure to point out primary sources to your child. A great way to support the discussion and evaluation of photographs and art is to use this learning protocal:
1- "I See"- First ask what they see in the photo or resource. They will notice details without making inferences or assumptions about them
2- "I think"- Now, ask what they think about what they have seen. This is the time for them to make connections to prior knowledge and infer what is happening in the photo.
3- "I wonder"- Now, ask them to think about the source and come up with any questions they have about what is happening there. They may even try to figure out what will happen next based on what they have learned about the photo.
You can go to these websites for more information on Primary Sources and for access to archives of primary sources.
Library of Congress
Digital Library of Georgia-Via Galileo