History's Mysteries K-5 Curriculum
Emerging America has launched this ready-to-use program for classroom and remote instruction.
Veteran and award-winning educators Laurie Risler and Kelley Brown created this inquiry-based curriculum featuring primary sources from Massachusetts collections and the Library of Congress.
Sixty teachers pilot tested the History's Mysteries curriculum, including in-person classroom teaching and teaching through remote instruction.
Each grade-level unit invites students to a series of inquiry activities grounded in the 2018 Massachusetts History & Social Science Framework.
- Each lesson in a unit has a question framed as a mystery.
- The first mystery in each unit is an introduction to inquiry.
- Each mystery has a clickable presentation with optional narration provided.
- Each mystery teaches vital vocabulary.
- Customizable handouts and other materials are provided.
The kids loved this! They were very interested in the slideshow the entire time. The narration made it seem like a movie. They asked a lot of thoughtful questions and had lots of good discussions. I liked that we had the flexibility to make it last as long or as short as they could handle. - First Grade Teacher
There are 6 History's Mysteries units, one per grade level, each fully addressing a topic in the new standards for that grade.
- Kindergarten: What is the difference between now and then?
- Grade 1: How do communities make decisions?
- Grade 2: Why do people move?
- Grade 3: Why do people celebrate the 4th of July?
- Grade 4: How did water shape work?
- Grade 5: What is "Free Speech"?
The History's Mysteries curriculum is FREE. Low-cost professional development in using the curriculum is available thanks to support from the Library of Congress.