Primary Sources Bring the Past to Life!
Environmental and Conservation Issues Primary Sources are just what teachers need to help students learn how to analyze primary sources in order to meet Common Core State Standards!
Students participate in active learning by creating their own interpretations of history using historical documents. Students make observations, generate questions, organize information and ideas, think analytically, write persuasively or informatively, and cite evidence to support their opinions, hypotheses, and conclusions. Students learn how to integrate and evaluate information to deepen their understanding of historical events.
The 20 Environmental and Conservation Issues Primary Sources are:
- Photograph of President Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club, in Yosemite National Park – 1906
- U.S. postage stamps promoting wildlife conservation – 1971
- Photograph of smoke containing many pollutants being emitted from a tower at a U.S. Steel coke plant in Pennsylvania – 1973
- Cover of pamphlet with information about endangered species hawksbill turtle – 1980
- EPA poster promoting the importance of protecting drinking water – 2003
- Photograph of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System—runs from the Arctic Ocean to the Gulf of Alaska at Valdez – 2005
- Photograph of Japanese kudzu vines overtaking trees in Atlanta, Georgia—example of invasive species causing environmental harm – 2006
- Photograph of piles of electronic waste in Birmingham, Alabama – 2007
- Photograph of photovoltaic array at the Nellis Solar Power Plant within Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada—the system contains about 70,000 solar panels – 2007
- Photograph of sign notifying residents of Houston, Texas, of air quality concerns – 2010
- Photograph of artwork titled Atlas Recycled in Cincinnati, Ohio—this recycling container is made from reused and scrap materials including wood, foam, and maps – 2010
- Photograph of workers cleaning up a Louisiana beach after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill – 2010
- Photograph of farmer spraying pesticides on leaf lettuce in Yuma, Arizona – 2011
- Photograph of Shepherds Flat Wind Farm in Oregon—one of the largest land-based wind farms in the world – 2011
- Images of hydraulic fracturing and anti-fracking demonstration – 2012
- Photograph of pollution left behind after 1972 closing of New Idria Mercury Mine in California – photo taken 2013
- Photograph of sign in Middletown, Pennsylvania, describing the 1999 Three Mile Island nuclear accident and its effects – photo taken 2014
- Photograph of protesters participating in the People’s Climate March rally in New York City – 2014
- Map showing U.S. counties that have not attained certain air quality standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency – 2015
- Photograph of Michigan National Guard troops going door-to-door delivering water, filters, replacement cartridges, and water test kits to residents of Flint due to the city’s contaminated water issue – 2016
Your students will:
- Think critically and analytically, interpret events, and question various perspectives of history.
- Participate in active learning by creating their own interpretations instead of memorizing facts and a writer’s interpretations.
- Integrate and evaluate information provided in diverse media formats to deepen their understanding of historical events.
- Create a more relevant and meaningful learning experience.
Download the Gallopade Free Online Teacher's Guide for Primary Sources PDF located in "Additional Info."
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