In this lesson snapshot, a kindergarten class tackles a driving question: “How can we make our playground more inviting for all?” Students begin their project by inquiring about a turn of the century (ca. 1910) photograph of children playing on a New York City playground. They notice all the details, from the one child standing outside the fence (“Why can’t that kid come inside?”) to the ground material (“Don’t they have any grass?” “What happens after it rains?”) Their questions lead them on a quest around the school to interview teachers and older students about what makes playgrounds of the past and of today more inviting for all.
Download this resource to discover one example of how you might use the QFT for primary source learning in a kindergarten class. Read Catherine Tommasello’s lesson plan, the outcomes from the lesson, and her reflections afterwards.