Materials & Resources

Beyond the Bubble: A History Assessment Site from Stanford

Visit Stanford’s Beyond the Bubble website. This site offers samples of photos, diaries, letters, news articles and other documents with assessment questions for grades 6-12. While the content is focused on upper grades, the documents themselves and the kind and level of the questions may provide some guidance for developing similarly structured assessments for upper grade elementary students.

Historical Scene Investigation – The U.S. Constitution

Historical Scene Investigation – The U.S. Constitution: “I Smelt a Rat” Overview In this activity, students explore reasons why influential patriots like Patrick Henry and George Mason opposed the U.S. Constitution during the ratification process, and consider the need for the Bill of Rights. Students become historical detectives, using historical thinking strategies to investigate primary […]

Land Grant Ranch, San Jose De Buenos Ayres, 1887-1889

Land Grant Ranch, San Jose De Buenos Ayres, 1887-1889

Lesson: Land Grant Ranch, San Jose De Buenos Ayres, 1887-1889 note: this lesson is part of a Unit called “Los Californios: California’s Spanish, Native American, and African Heritage” Creator: Raul Alarcon, UCLA Lab School Grade Level Recommendation: 4 To illustrate the challenges the early land-holding families of California (the Californios) faced with the arrival of Anglo-American settlers, […]

Interactive Maps for History and Social Studies Lessons

Visit the United States Army Combined Arms Center website for a selection of interactive maps that visualize the chronology of battles and key events within various wars. The approach and structure of these maps might serve as models for possible lessons or assignments in the appropriate standards. Below are links to some of the maps […]

People Who Make a Difference

In February 2012, the primary students of Chris Wilson, a teacher at UCLA Lab School and alumnus of Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING, studied a lesson on People Who Make a Difference. Focusing on baseball player Jackie Robinson, they began constructing the class project called the Timeline of Power and Change. As they […]

Historians Corroborate Their Thinking by Using Primary Sources

Historians Corroborate Their Thinking by Using Primary Sources Lesson plan by Sylvia Gentile, UCLA Lab School Learning Goals Historians corroborate their thinking by using primary sources. They use first-hand accounts, photographs, drawings, etc. to understand the conflicts and complexities inherent in historical events or concepts. In this lesson, students learn that primary sources can provide […]

Selected Primary Source Sets Useful for K-5 Classrooms

Primary Source Sets from the Library of Congress The following is a list of selected primary source sets available via the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program that may be useful for instruction in K-5 classrooms: Abraham Lincoln: Rise to National Prominence Children’s Lives at the Turn of the Twentieth Century The Constitution […]

Stanford History Education Group

Fifth-Grade Social Studies Gets a Boost from Stanford Check out the online lessons that the Stanford History Education Group has developed for the teaching of United States history with primary sources. While there are 75 lessons within 12 units, two units, Colonial and Revolution and Early America offer a total of 15 that are aligned […]