Teacher Resources

Be a History Detective! Image & Document Investigations

Throughout the site you will start to find collections of activities we are entitling “Be a History Detective”.  These quick discussion challenges, ask  students to investigate, and to search for clues within a set of images or within other types of documents.  With only a small choice to work from, and from which there are often no wrong or right answers!, students need to choose only one image and explain why it best represents a concept or big idea.  Or another task might ask them to reveal which one document does not belong.  Or perhaps the could find pairs of items that that suggest similarities or differences.  The possibilities are endless! 

Printable as large 17 by 11 placemats, these online documents could also be used in a virtual environment, or the links to sections in the Societies and Territories web site could also provide added contexts (and larger versions of the images!) so that students could go beyond the initial explorations and discussions to find even more evidence to help them form their conclusions.

Here are the first few examples that you will start to find posted on the web site in their appropriate sections!

Iroquois 1500 – Concepts and Big ideas (LEARN/RSB)

Mi’kmaq 1980 – Concepts and Big ideas (LEARN)

Inuit 1980 – Concepts and other Big Ideas (LEARN/RSB)  | FR

Inca Technology around 1500 (LBPSB)  | FR

The Sachem and the War Chief (LBPSB) |  FR

Catholic Missionaries (LBPSB) | FR  

Commerce for the Iroquois 1745 (LBPSB) | FR

New France & the 13 colonies 1745 (LBPSB)FR

City life in the 1800s (LBPSB) |  FR