Students have the task of finding the identities of Mystery People and discover what they all have in common. Students will answer the Mystery People Questionnaire by using the Research Links provided.

A LiveBinder was created for all of the research links.  Students accessed this from the website. Students were divided into teams and randomly selected their Mystery People. 
Third grade students met for the first time with the high school students at the high school computer lab to work on a project that addressed the question:  What happened on the day you were born?  This project included answering guiding questions as follows:

What famous people do you share a birthday with?

What news making events occurred on the day you were born?

How did most people spend their free time when you were born?

Students used Google Docs to record their research.  This was an introductory research project to their final research project.  It was amazing how much the high school students enjoyed working with the third graders. 

I have to say how exciting it was to watch how excited the third graders were and how engaged the high school students were. 
What could this strange object be?   The third grade and high school historians pondered this question in Mrs. Petty’s third grade classroom at Lewis and Clark School.  Students examined and analyzed mystery objects in an artifact analysis activity.   Using their powers of observation, analysis, and inference, they tried to figure out the objects and their uses in the past.  

After researching an 1897 Sears Catalog, they discovered that that the mystery objects included a hog scraper, buggy steps, a twine winder, and a hat pin.

Students learned that primary sources provide a window into the past.  Helping students analyze primary sources can also guide them toward higher-order thinking and better critical thinking and analysis skills.