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Work as a Historian

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A collection of resources to develop children's skills, understanding and awareness of concepts relating to primary source material, artefacts and using evidence, all of which are vital to working as a historian.


1. Lessons and Activities
2. Finding Primary Sources

Explore Mount Sandel - The Stone Age

http://www.mountsandel.com/index.asp Added: 23 Feb 2011 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Guide/notes / Presentation

This site will help you explore Mesolithic and Neolithic life in Ireland through evidence found at Mountsandel in Coleraine, Co Derry.

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How it maps to the curriculum

3-4
SESE History

Strand: Early People /Ancient Societies

Strand unit: Stone Age Peoples

Suggestions for use: Teacher notes provided. The activities provide opportunities for pupils to develop their observation, communication, investigation and creative thinking skills.

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
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Dinosaur Dig

http://www.counton.org/games/virtualmathfest/dinosaur.html Added: 10 Jun 2006 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Game

An interactive game, where the pupil uses a grid to find items connected to the dinosaur dig.

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How it maps to the curriculum

3-4
SESE Geography

Strand: Mapping & Geog Skills

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
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Archeology for Children

http://www.nps.gov/archeology/public/kids/index.htm# Added: 23 Feb 2011 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Reference

Do you like find things that are lost? Put pieces together? Figure out stories from clues? Learn about the past? These are all things archeologists do—maybe you're one, too! Visit this site to learn more!

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How it maps to the curriculum

5-6
SESE History

Suggestions for use: Can be used on an individual basis or whole class. Very informative.

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Language: English
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Archaeology of the Classroom: What will survive?

http://www.itsabouttime.ie/Modules/...he-Classroom-%281%29/ModuleOne.aspx Added: 15 Feb 2013 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Lesson Plan

Gives pupils a general understanding of archaeology and the work of an archaeologist by doing an imaginary excavation of their classroom.

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How it maps to the curriculum

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SESE History

Strand: Story

Strand unit: Stories

Suggestions for use: Explain the term artefact as a portable object - something you can pick up (Activity Sheet 1). Ask the pupils to name the portable objects in the classroom. They could then explore the different types of artefacts to be found in a classroom and in a room in their homes. They might also explore the idea of artefacts that will rot in the ground and those which will not. This is also closely related to the difference between living things and inanimate objects. Introduce the term ‘archaeologist’ as some one who looks at old things: old buildings and old objects. Name some examples of these for them. Closing Activity: Draw and colour a picture of an artefact in the schoolroom.

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Language: English
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Excavation-in-a-box

http://www.itsabouttime.ie/Modules/...n-in-a-box-%281%29/ModuleThree.aspx Added: 14 Feb 2013 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Lesson Plan

The pupils will archaeologically excavate two layers in a prepared sandbox. The layers represent two different levels of civilisation: Stone Age and Modern times. The lower layer is the Stone Age and the Modern layer overlies it. Archaeology

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How it maps to the curriculum

3-4
SESE History

Strand: Local Studies

Strand unit: Feasts & Festivals

Suggestions for use: Divide the class into teams of 3 or 4
Ask each team to appoint a Director
Give each team: - One of the prepared trays of sand, Trowel and brush, Licence to Excavate, 8 Artefact Record Sheets, Plastic bags or tray in which to place the artefacts and Job instructions

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Language: English
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Fieldtrip: the Outdoor Classroom

http://www.itsabouttime.ie/Modules/...Classroom-%281%29/ModuleEleven.aspx Added: 15 Feb 2013 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Lesson Plan

Give the pupils first-hand experience of Ireland’s rich archaeological heritage.

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How it maps to the curriculum

3-4
SESE History

Strand: Local Studies

Strand unit: My Locality through the Ages

Suggestions for use: Visit the momuments first before bringing the class and look at Health and Safety Notes before proceeding with the trip. Prepare Activity Sheets with questions and tasks related to the monument. <br>
These should be divided into two parts:<br>
Firstly are questions. These should focus on the monument’s form, fabric, function and date.Secondly are the tasks. The six basic tasks are: measuring and recording; practical
experiment; story/poetry; drama; arts & crafts; and nature study. It is important that, the activity be related to the nature of the monument itself. This will enhance
the pupil’s understanding of the monument.
The teacher will need to write/print the instructions for each task on a piece of paper for handing out to the teams at the site. Give them time to explore the momument and then complete the activity sheet. Divide the class into groups and set them all tasks to complete. The pupils reassemble after a set time at an assigned assembly point. Each team presents a verbal report on their task.

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Language: English
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Duchas - The Schools' Collection

http://www.duchas.ie/en Added: 12 Jan 2015 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type:

Digitised versions of folklore and local tradition documentation compiled by pupils from 5,000 primary schools in the Irish Free State between 1937 and 1939.

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How it maps to the curriculum

5-6
SESE History

Strand: Local Studies

Strand unit: My Locality through the Ages

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • collect local ballads, stories and traditions relating to these events
  • use evidence which is more diverse and more complex than heretofore

Suggestions for use: Use as primary source material for project work or local studies or to enhance skills and appreciation relating to working as a historian. A starting point could be an examination of Weather Lore http://www.duchas.ie/en/cbes/4498042/4345516

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Rights Url: http://www.duchas.ie
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The Irish Times Digital Archive - 1859 onwards

http://www.irishtimes.com/search/archive.html Added: 15 Mar 2010 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Reference

Provides teachers and children with a perspective of key events and other topics of interest since 1859. Fully accessible in schools via Scoilnet and the Schools Broadband Network.

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3-4 5-6 SESE History
3-4 5-6 English
3-4 5-6 SPHE

How it maps to the curriculum

3-4
5-6
SESE History

Strand: Useful Websites

Strand: Useful Websites

3-4
5-6
English

Strand: Useful Websites

Strand: Useful Websites

3-4
5-6
SPHE

Strand: Myself & the Wider World

Strand unit: Media education

Strand: Myself & the Wider World

Strand unit: Media education

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
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Doing Archaeology with Children

http://www.history.org.uk/primary Added: 13 Jan 2015 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Reference

Digitised version of issue 51 from the primary education journal of The Historical Association (UK) which presents articles, advice and curriculum support for introducing archaeology in the classroom. Includes several interesting case studies on the subject.

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How it maps to the curriculum

5-6
SESE History

Strand: Story

Strand unit: Stories from the lives of people in the past

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • discuss the chronology of events in a story
  • examine and begin to make deductions from some simple relevant evidence
  • express or record stories through oral and written forms, art work, music, drama, mime, movement, information and communication technologies

Suggestions for use: Use as a point of reference for teaching how to work as a historian, conduct research, gather and analyse evidence as part of a lesson.

Asset type: Document
Language: English
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The Liberator - Daniel O'Connell

http://www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/coclare/people/daniel.htm Added: 10 Aug 2007 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Secondary Source

One page biography of the career of O'Connell from the impressive Clare County Library website.

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How it maps to the curriculum

SC
History

Strand: Later Modern Ireland

Strand unit: 1 The Union 1815-1870

5-6
SESE History

Strand: Politics, Conflict & Society

Strand unit: O Connell and Catholic Emancipation

Suggestions for use: Learn about Daniel O'Connell's life in this informative web site.

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
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The Belfast Blitz: April-May 1941

http://www.jstor.org/stable/27724486 Added: 10 Aug 2010 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Secondary Source

Detailed History Ireland article with direct relevance to the case study by Brian Barton. Text heavy.

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How it maps to the curriculum

SC
History

Strand: Later Modern Ireland

Strand unit: 3 Sovereignty 1912-1949

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Language: English
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