History's Mysteries K-5 Curriculum
The kids loved this! They were very interested in the slideshow the entire time. The narration made it seem like a movie. They asked a lot of thoughtful questions and had lots of good discussions. I liked that we had the flexibility to make it last as long or as short as they could handle. - First Grade Teacher
Veteran and award-winning educators Laurie Risler and Kelley Brown created this inquiry-based curriculum featuring primary sources from Massachusetts collections and the Library of Congress. They were inspired as they conducted professional development with elementary school teachers – over and over, K-5 teachers expressed the wish that there were an easy-to-use curriculum that would allow them to get their students excited about inquiry in social studies and civics.
Each grade-level unit invites students to a series of inquiry activities grounded in the 2018 Massachusetts History & Social Science Framework.
- Each lesson in a unit has a question framed as a mystery.
- The first mystery in each unit is an introduction to inquiry.
- Each mystery has a clickable presentation with optional narration provided.
- Each mystery teaches vital vocabulary.
- Customizable handouts and other materials are provided.
Pilot tested by sixty teachers before and during the school building closures of early 2020, the History's Mysteries curriculum is adaptable for face-to-face and remote instruction.
Link to the curriculum here: https://sites.google.com/view/historys-mysteries/home
For information about professional development in using the History's Mysteries curriculum, see http://www.emergingamerica.org/programs/historys-mysteries.