It’s best practices in history and social studies!
This lesson bundle includes the primary sources lessons from the unit, STEM Kid Engineering—Ferris Wheels. In the full unit, students construct a cool Ferris wheel prototype. That full unit is available in my store.
In this series of primary sources lessons, students will examine several primary source images, read primary source history, and integrate math and economics in a learning process which incorporates best practices in gifted and talented education for 21st Century Learners.
These primary source activities should be appropriate for 4th grade GATE through regular 8th grade.
In this collection, you get several ready-to-print primary sources activities with sample answers, and Common Core references in both reading and math. All of the primary and secondary sources used here are either created by me or in the public domain. You’re free to display, copy, project, print . . . whatever!
Primary Source Informational Text and Math Activities
Peter Mundy: Students will interpret a description of a Ferris wheel from a Renaissance manuscript and then go on a web journey of exploration where they locate a reference from the manuscript. Strong vocabulary and reading skills encouraged.
The First True Ferris Wheel: Students learn about the Ferris wheel at the Columbian Exposition of 1893 in a nonfiction reading analysis and then apply math skills of estimation and multi-digit division, engage in primary source analysis of photos and advertisements, and draw conclusions based on evidence.
Total Classroom Time: 2-4 hours, depending on the skill level of the students.