Primary Sources Curricula

Historical Treasure Chests

This project provides a model for engaging students in an investigation of authentic materials from the past. The students will be provided with four primary sources and questions to guide their investigation. A wealth of other primary resources can be accessed on the websites listed in the reference section.

Recommended for grades 5-12

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Overview

In this project students will report on a book by describing how they would turn that book into a motion picture.  After reading and studying the main components of their novel (character, plot, conflict, climax and denouement), students will use their imaginations to explain how they would cast and direct the movie versions. This project also provides enrichment activities where in the students will access archived materials such as the Academy Awards Data Base, movie posters, and movie reviews.

Recommended for grades 5-12

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Population Growth Project

This series of activities explores the mathematical and environmental aspects of population growth.  Using archived census and demographic data as well as up-to-the-minute population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, students will learn how to model population growth and study the implications of a changing population.

Curriculum Standards

Recommended for grades 6-12

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