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Researching Primary and Secondary Sources

Researching Primary and Secondary Sources

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Other Social Studies History, Social Studies History

Take your students’ basic understanding of primary and secondary sources to the next level with this resource! Students will learn WHERE to locate credible primary and secondary sources, and HOW to use these sources while researching historical events.

For an in-depth look at this resource, please head to the previews and thumbnails at the top of the page!

Build Critical Thinking Skills

Our students may be experts at navigating the internet to use apps or play games, but academic research requires a whole different set of skills! This resource shows students how to use technology to look for credible sources, evaluate what they find, and synthesize the information to answer questions or draw conclusions. This is an important step on the path to being a critical consumer of media, which leads to better-informed citizens!

This product includes:

  • “Using Technology to Find and Analyze Primary and Secondary Sources” Slideshow with Guided Notes– This 27-page slideshow includes two lessons with two correlating worksheets:
    • Lesson 1: Students are introduced to credible websites that contain primary sources, such as libraries, museums, and newspaper archives. There is also a slide featuring kid-friendly search engines to gather secondary sources.
    • Lesson 2: Students analyze and make inferences about schooling in the late 1800s, using two primary sources.

  • Research Project– Students will use the websites they were introduced to in the slideshow to conduct their own research about a historical person or event.

Grab a free Primary and Secondary Sources activity HERE!

What Other Teachers Say About Intro to Primary and Secondary Sources:


“Primary and secondary sources can be confusing but this has been a fun and engaging set of lessons and activities! Thank you!”


“I LOVE how this resource is laid out- plans done, CHECK! Easy to follow lessons and my students were engaged. Thank you for a great resource!”


“Great supplement to my social studies curriculum! Thank you! The definitions were very easy for my 3rd graders to understand.”


“Excellent power point and worksheets! My first grader started using “primary” and “secondary” to describe her friends’ conversations! Works for multi-grade homeschool.”


“My students were able to really grasp the concept of Primary and Secondary sources with this plan. Our culminating activity was recording what is like this year. It was a win!”

Please email me at [email protected] if you have any questions about this resource! I want you to feel confident you are spending money on something that will benefit your classroom and your students.



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3 reviews
    Brianna W.
    10 Jul 2023
    Great resource! Notes are good for interactive resources.
    Ginger M.
    10 Jul 2023
    Great way to introduce social studies as well as primary and secondary resources. Thanks!
    Laura Schumacher Anderson
    10 Jul 2023
    This was a great way to give information to my students about different sources we may encounter while researching and which may be more beneficial than others.