This post was written by Trey Smith, the Library of Congress 2015-16 Science Teacher in Residence and was originally published on the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog.
Join us for a one-hour webinar on Thursday, March 17, at 4pm ET to explore how primary sources can support problem- and project-based learning in science classrooms.
Using historical primary sources, science teachers can create learning experiences for students grounded in authentic, open-ended problems. To answer those problems, students conduct research as part of a sustained inquiry process and share solutions and products beyond the classroom.
Consider this political cartoon from 1905.
- What real-world issue does the cartoon address?
- Is the issue still a topic that we might care about today?
- How might science play a role in making sense of and addressing the issue?
The webinar will explore how an inquiry-driven analysis of a primary source can engage students, establish meaningful contexts for learning and doing science, and build literacy skills.
Information about joining the webinar is available here. This event will be recorded, and a link will be available as soon as possible after the event.
Individuals requiring accommodations for this event are requested to submit a request at least five business days in advance by contacting (202) 707-6362 or [email protected].