KidCitizen introduces a new way for young students (K-5) to engage with history through primary sources. In KidCitizen episodes, children interactively explore Congress and civic engagement through historical primary resources, and connect what they find with their daily lives.
KidCitizen episodes capitalize on the active and social nature of young children’s learning. They use primary sources for rich demonstrations, interactions, and models of literacy in the course of innovative hands-on activities that make academic content meaningful, build on prior experiences, and foster visual literacy and historical inquiry.
KidCitizen also includes cloud software tools that let educators create their own episodes and share them with students. Using KidCitizen tools, educators can create activities using primary source photographs that are especially relevant to their students and community. The KidCitizen tools runs on the Muzzy Lane Author platform.
KidCitizen episodes run on PCs, Macs, and iOS and Android mobile devices. The episodes can be accessed from the KidCitizen website http://www.kidcitizen.net . All are free to play, and a teacher’s guide accompanies each episode. KidCitizen is part of the Congress, Civic Participation, and Primary Sources Project, and is supported by a grant from the Library of Congress.
You will definitely want to check out this new resource. I look forward to sharing this with my own future citizen’s teachers!