In this lesson snapshot, a fourth-grade class in Nevada explores the science and history behind the Hoover Dam through a primary source from the Library of Congress. Putting a virtual magnifying glass to a 1938 photograph, students want to know: “How do they build buildings in the water?”
Download this resource to discover one example of how you might use the QFT for primary source learning in an elementary setting. Read Alyssa Park’s lesson plan, lesson outcomes (including a link to a folder of students’ final writing projects), and reflections on how it went. Check out how she allows students to zoom in and out on the photograph using Prezi and how she adapted the process to a completely asynchronous, virtual environment.
Alyssa Park has been a teacher for five years. She is presently a fourth-grade teacher at Scarselli Elementary School in Gardnerville, Nevada. Alyssa serves as her professional learning community’s team leader and is a co-mentor of Scarselli’s Cheetah Club, an after-school service leadership group for students. She is working on her National Board Certification. Alyssa graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a dual major in anthropology and Spanish. She earned her master of arts in teaching, elementary education, from Western Governors University. When she is not rewatching Star Trek episodes, Alyssa enjoys reading, baking new recipes, gardening, and searching antique stores for vinyl records.