This post was written by Trey Smith, the Library of Congress 2015-16 Science Teacher in Residence.
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.
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].
Update: the webinar recording is now available here.