I’m linking up with Holly today to share something we’ve been trying this year at my school! 🙂
DBQs… Document-Based Questions! These are questions asked about a primary source- a photo, a map, a graph, a video… the list goes on and on. All grade levels in our school are required to do them every morning to improve our writing… and I have seen not only an improvement in their writing abilities, but also a higher level of thinking going on with my students. I like to use questions where students have to infer or think from a different point of view… my students actually really enjoy doing them!
I integrate our science and social studies content into the DBQs, which helps expose my students just a bit more to what we are learning anyway. I find most of the images I use on Google Images honestly, but there are great sites, like the Library of Congress, full of primary source documents! Sadly, I can’t share any of the ones I’ve created using images I’ve found doing a Google search because those images are most likely copyrighted, BUT I was able to create some using images that are all considered “public domain” because they are government documents, or the copyright on them has ended because they are so old! 🙂 They are in my Road to the Revolution DBQ unit!
I created these for my fourth graders, but these could easily be used in 5th grade or middle school, depending on your curriculum! Here is a preview of one of the DBQs:
Finally, Workshop Wednesday will be back tomorrow! Let’s share how we incorporate winter and holiday activities into Math Workshop!