Inquiry-Based Learning • Explore and wonder
Activity: Wondering about Primary Sources

There are many different methods for sparking student curiosity at the start of an inquiry experience. This lesson discusses ways to establish exiting knowledge, incorporate emotion, and use close observation in the process. Primary sources provide a powerful doorway to access all of these components. Read the below article by Tom Bober for some inspiration and then complete the Reflect & Practice activity to look at how you can use primary sources to motivate your students' inquiry explorations.



After reading Tom Bober's tips on using primary sources with students, use the guidance in the above form to find a primary source that connects with your current curriculum and plan for how to use it to spark student wonder.

For more on using primary sources in the library and classroom, check out Tom's webinar, "Elementary Educator's Guide to Primary Sources."

MLA Citation "Inquiry-Based Learning: Wondering about Primary Sources." School Library Connection, July 2019,

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