Primary Sources for the Primary Grades: There’s More to Ireland than Shamrocks!

As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, some young students might immerse themselves in the eye-catching images often associated with the holiday in the U.S.: shamrocks, green clothing, and the occasional pot of gold. This is a perfect opportunity to introduce students to a corner of the actual country of Ireland through primary sources.

Primary Sources for the Primary Grades: Kindergarteners and a Presidential Inauguration

This post is by Teresa St. Angelo, the 2016-2017 Library of Congress Teacher in Residence. “The students were listening, participating, involved, and having fun,” exclaimed two kindergarten teachers. “And they were interested. I wasn’t sure how you would do that with this topic, but everyone loved it!” added a third.  Teachers also told me that […]

Primary Sources for the Primary Grades: A Apple Pie

A Apple Pie, created and published in 1900, traces the destiny of an apple pie, using the alphabet and charming illustrations.

This delightful primary source, more than an alphabet recognition book, is superb to use with any grade. Look carefully at every illustration and you will see toys, clothing, and activities that will enhance a student’s understanding of a past time. Each page offers opportunities to create a variety of questions for further investigation.