Primary Source Learning Activies for Review and for Fun



Help students find the fun inherent in learning with resources from the Library of Congress.  For example, set their imaginations free by putting together the clues in the primary source set Understanding the Cosmoshttp://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/primarysourcesets/understanding-the-cosmos/

Let students play historical detective (and be blissfully unaware that they are reviewing!) and solve puzzles such as:

True or False? Was Billy the Kid really killed by Pat Garrett at Fort Sumner, New Mexico? http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/presentationsandactivities/activities/detective/

They can play explorer by using Meriwether Lewis’ diary entries to relive his adventures including his encounter with a grizzly bear at: http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/presentationsandactivities/presentations/lewisandclark/

In Photographs from U.S. History: The Big Picture, students can complete jigsaw puzzles and hunt for information in American Memory to find the theme for each puzzle set. http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/presentationsandactivities/index.html#presentations

Students can find the secret messages in the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress at: http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/presentationsandactivities/activities/jefferson/