Historians inquire. In this lesson, students will use inquiry to explore how work has changed over time. They will learn that in the past, most people worked on farms or in trades in or near their home. They will also learn that all members of the family, including children, worked in the past. Students will analyze primary sources to learn how the tasks, tools, and location of work have changed over time. After the inquiry activities, students will be asked to demonstrate understanding by answering the mystery question: “How is work different now than in the past?”
A narrated slide deck is now available for this Mystery!
“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: