The KidCitizen site introduces kids in grades K-5 to engage with history using primary sources. Episodes are highly interactive and include demonstrations that keep kids engaged in content while having fun. Each episode builds on students’ prior experiences to make the content meaningful. The photographs included in each episode are from the Library of Congress, which helps develop students’ visual literacy.
The KidCitizen resource is part of the Congress, Civic Participation, and Primary Sources Project. It is also part of the Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program, which is part of the Library of Congress’s premier educational outreach program for teachers. TPS provides professional development for teachers focused on enhancing their ability to embed digitized primary sources from the Library of Congress into inquiry-based instruction that builds students literacy, critical thinking skills and content knowledge.
KidCitizen episodes run on PCs, Macs, Chromebooks and iOS and Android mobile devices. This site is worth some time to explore.