Tag Archives: Primary & Secondary Sources

Learning from Past Generations (OOEL)

12 Apr
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Photo by Yumin

This week wraps up our work on Out of Eden Learn, Footstep #3 (Learning from Past Generations). If you did not post your story and photos to the Out of Eden Learn platform, please do it by Sunday. Mr. Nick and I really enjoyed seeing the primary source objects you interviewed someone about for this activity. I was also delighted to hear from many of you that you had learned new things about your family history and that, for some of you, you had never heard the story or history of this object. In the process of doing this activity, we also hope you improved your interviewing, note-taking, and writing skills, as well as learned more about the the job of historians. Great work! We will have an opportunity next class to see each other’s work before starting the last unit of the school year. I think this was my favorite Out of Eden footstep project. Here are a few photos of the types of objects we saw.

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Photo by Ray


Photo by Ahsir


Photo by Bua


Photo by Doyeon


Photo by Ellie


Photo by Maya


Photo by Neel


Photo by Paul


Photo by Vel


Photo by Gwenole


Photo by Neil R.



First Week of Social Studies

13 Aug
An example of a brainstorm to the question: What is Social Studies?

An example of a brainstorm to the question: What is Social Studies?

Is, Does, Says, and Isn't - A great Social Studies class!

Is, Does, Says, and Isn’t – A great Social Studies class!

Here are some samples of work we have done during the first week of school. We have talked about: 1) class rules and expectations, 2) how we can make our class a great one (working agreements), 3) what social studies is, and 4) tools historians use to learn about the past – primary and secondary sources. The video playlist below and the images above are things that will help remind you of work we have done in class. All students have a textbook. Please keep your textbook home all year. We have a class set of textbooks we can use. All students should have a spiral notebook for social studies and an accordion folder that can be used for all 6th grade classes.

Primary vs. Secondary Sources

4 Sep

In our final lesson from chapter 1, you will learn about primary and secondary sources and how historians study the past.  Click on the hyperlink to see an Infographic that highlights the differences.  The video playlist has several videos on primary and secondary sources. Check them out!



Primary Source: Ancient Proverbs

8 Nov
One of the favorite activities for Mesopotamian school students was copying proverbs, or wise sayings (see page 102 in your textbook). Scribes collected and organized hundreds of these popular sayings on tablets. Many are still popular today. Here are a few:
1. Into an open mouth, a fly enters.
2. Friendship lasts a day, kinship lasts forever.
3. Wealth is hard to come by, but poverty lasts forever.
4. If you take the field of an enemy, the enemy will come and take your field.
5. He who leaves the fight unfinished is not at peace.
6. Tell a lie; then if you tell the truth, it will be deemed a lie.
7. Fear the goat from the front, the horse from the rear and man from all sides.
8. The traveler from distant places is an everlasting liar.
9. The rich would have to eat money, if the poor did not provide food.
10. Tell me your friends, and I’ll tell you who you are.
In the comment section, write down the number of the proverb (#1-10) and tell me what you think it means.  Proverbs are very famous and come from all over the world, and many are similar in meaning. Good luck!

Primary vs. Secondary Sources

9 Sep
These two videos describe the differences between primary and secondary sources and why they are important.

Journey of an Artifact

5 Sep
Here is an interesting video created by the Florida Public Archaeology Network.  Below are some images distinguishing (or showing) the differences between artifacts and fossils, something we reviewed in our most recent lesson.  An artifact is a human-made object, and fossils are remains of early life preserved in the ground (skulls, teeth, bones).

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