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TPS Quarterly

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This issue explores how teachers can use primary sources with elementary students.

Teaching with primary sources—original documents, photographs, music, film, clothing, and other artifacts which were created at the time under study—offers unique opportunities for students of all ages to connect with the past in personally meaningful ways. Available in a variety of formats, primary sources can engage even the youngest learners and help them construct new knowledge and develop critical thinking skills. Designing activities for grades K-5 requires careful selection of primary sources that will prove both accessible and relevant to students. The feature article in this TPS Quarterly issue details this strategy and others for teachers to instruct elementary students using primary sources.