Introduction to Elementary Inquiry Using History’s Mysteries Webinar

Emerging America


History’s Mysteries is a ready-to-use K-5 curriculum featuring student investigation of primary sources from the Library of Congress and other archives. Each unit includes three or more mysteries, each fully addressing an engaging topic for grades K-5 (see below; more units are on the way). This webinar is an opportunity for teachers to become familiar with History’s Mysteries and ask questions in preparation for teaching the curriculum. 


  • Unit 1: What is the difference between now and then?
  • Unit 2: How do we celebrate our shared traditions?

Grade 1:

  • Unit 1: How do communities make decisions?
  • Unit 2: What makes a good leader?

Grade 2:

  • Unit 1: Why do people move?
  • Unit 2: Why do we need maps?

Grade 3:

  • Unit 1: Why do people celebrate the 4th of July?
  • Unit 2: Native sovereignty and the American Revolution

Grade 4:

  • Unit 1: How do maps help us understand the world?
  • Unit 2: How did water shape work?

Grade 5:

  • Unit 1: How did enslaved people experience the Atlantic World?
  • Unit 2: What is "Free Speech"?

Audience and Grade Level

Curriculum Directors and Teachers; Grades K-5


Future webinar dates will be announced here. If you have questions or are interested in this training, please contact us.


  • Laurie Risler

    Laurie Risler is a former elementary school teacher. She now teaches education courses at Westfield State University. She has co-led professional development programs in history for the Collaborative for Educational Services since 2011, including as a coach for the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program at CES. She served as Teacher in Residence at Westfield State University 2012-2013.

  • thumbnail image of Kelley Brown

    Kelley Brown is a Social Studies educator at Easthampton High School where she has taught for the last 20 years. She is also the Professional Development Coordinator. She focuses on bringing primary sources and disciplinary literacy skills into the Social Studies classroom for all students.

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Course Cancellation

If you wish to cancel your registration, please submit a request in writing (via mail, email or fax) no later than 7 business days before the workshop’s start date. After that, there are no refunds or billing adjustments.

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