Historians can learn a lot from a hat! In this lesson, students will look at images of historical and modern hats to learn how hats can give us clues about what people do for work and why their hats may need special features.
Before starting a Private i History Detective unit, use this lesson or the “Whats This and What was it used for?” as an introduction to inquiry lesson to introduce your students to the Private i History Detectives Team and the skills historians use.
“As a second and third grade teacher for the entirety of my career I had long taught students history through inquiry. Seeing students explore history in this way has been SUCH a joy! Lightbulb moments galore! A teacher’s dream!...unlike lessons I had taught in the past, I didn’t have to find the primary sources. I didn’t have to research them. I didn’t have to write the lesson plan from scratch. I didn’t have to do anything but read the lesson plan… and teach the lesson!”
“I just used the first lesson in the Mapping Unit. It was so great to get students talking about what they noticed and also expand their thinking on how maps have a special purpose to the user.”
"I love that students got to look at REAL court cases! And it was so easy to use!"
"I liked the simplicity of the handouts. Not too much there to be overwhelming--just enough. Simple, clear directions. The photographs of the clues were great for the students to have."
This Mystery is included in the following Private i History Detectives Unit:
Introduction to Inquiry Mysteries, Grades K-1
Other Mysteries in this Unit: