In this lesson snapshot, a 10th grade general science class investigates the causes and effects of glacier melt by closely examining a 1959 photograph of the Greenland ice cap. Students apply their scientific background knowledge to the image, wanting to know how the water melted in such a cold area, how fast the ice is melting, and how the melting ice affects humans. Their questions help them research and build collective class knowledge that they can then use to create Public Service Announcement-style videos on climate change.
Download this resource to discover one example of how you might use the QFT for primary source learning in a secondary science classroom. Read Sara Stephenson’s lesson plan, the outcomes from the lesson, and her reflections afterwards.