The People in Our Neighborhood: A Primary Source Mystery (for K-5 LEAD teachers)

This presentation highlights a freely available digital game designed to foster young children’s engaging inquiry with primary sources. KidCitizen is part of the Congress, Civic Participation, and Primary Sources Project funded by the Library of Congress. Dr. Ilene Berson and Dr. Michael Berson of the University of South Florida will introduce KidCitizen and discuss how the models of learning showcased in the KidCitizen interactives may be leveraged by teachers to support and scaffold a developmentally appropriate process of careful observation, historical thinking, and evidence-informed analysis that are at the center of disciplinary literacy. By slowing down the act of looking, children discover new information and construct viewpoints as primary sources are mined.