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Third Grade Social Studies Primary and Secondary Sources


In this unit students use primary and secondary sources of information to explore the early history of Michigan. They begin by examining the work of historians and the types of questions they ask. Then, they apply historical thinking skills to a study of American Indians in Michigan, exploration and early settlement. The unit provides a strong link to geography as students analyze ways in which both American Indians and settlers used, adapted to, and modified the environment. Through stories and informational text, students examine Michigan’s past. Civics is naturally integrated as students explore how Michigan became a state. Throughout the unit, emphasis is placed on major historical concepts such as chronology, cause and effect, and point of view.

Learning Targets: 
The students will describe and give examples of primary and secondary sources.
The students will explain the 5 questions of history (Who? When? What Happened? How and Why?)
The students will explain how primary/secondary sources and the 5 questions of history help historians learn about the past.
The students will be able to recognize primary/secondary sources and the 5 questions of history.
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