This presentation highlights a freely available digital game designed to foster young children's engaging inquiry with primary sources. KidCitizen is part of the Congress, Civic Participation, and Primary Sources Project. It is funded by a grant from the Library of Congress. The presenters will introduce KidCitizen and discuss how the models of learning showcased in the KidCitizen templates may be leveraged by teachers to support disciplined inquiry in primary grade instruction. Participants will discuss strategies for engaging their students in the games, and take part in a mini-lesson based on the accompanying Teacher's Guides to experience implementation that supports and scaffolds historical inquiry and disciplinary specific process skills for their students while using the digital interactive. The focus of the digital game is to facilitate a developmentally appropriate process of careful looking, historical thinking, and evidence-informed analysis that are at the center of disciplinary literacy.
Ilene Berson and Michael Berson
University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Snow & Co, Newburyport, MA
Fee: $25 members/$50 non-members