Education Workshops at the Archives of Ontario

Exploring Primary Sources, Grades 4-6

Photograph of Children reading in kindergarten class, northern Ontario

This workshop will introduce your students to using primary sources to gather evidence and make conclusions. Using materials from three different collections, students will look at primary sources from the 1790s and 1830s, take notes about what they see, and use these notes to communicate and draw conclusions about the past. With hands-on instruction that appeals to kinesthetic and visual learners, students will leave with a greater appreciation of what can be learned by exploring primary sources. Students will also be able to go on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Archives of Ontario and see our Reading Room, Preservation Lab, and archival vaults.

Curriculum Connections

This workshop aligns with the

Students will be involved with different components of the Inquiry Process by:

  • Formulating questions
  • Gathering and organizing information, evidence, and/or data
  • Interpreting and analysing information, evidence, and/or data
  • Evaluating information, evidence, and/or data and drawing conclusions
  • Communicating findings

Travelling Modifications

In a travelling format, with a 60-75 minute time frame, this workshop will begin with an introduction to the Archives of Ontario and our role in collecting and preserving primary source material. Students will then be lead through an activity where they will reconstruct primary sources that have been damaged by poor preservation.

To book an onsite visit, complete a Booking Request Form [PDF] and a member of our team will get back to you to confirm details.