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Time Detectives - Looking at Evidence
Ancient monuments, like The Colosseum in Rome, can help us to understand what life was like in the olden days.

Time Detectives - Looking at Evidence

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As elementary school children learn about what history is and what it means, they will also begin to understand the various sources from which historical information can be gleaned. This may include looking at photographs, reports, artifacts and other evidence. They are also encouraged to observe the environment around them for possible sources of evidence. Asking sensible questions about what this evidence represents is an important skill which young children sometimes find tricky to develop.

Try this quiz to see how good you are at looking at or observing things in your environment. How well will you do at being a time detective!

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Even though this building is now in ruins, once it was...
mostly made of wood
a small cattle shed
a large, grand building
a modern office building
This is Corfe Castle in Dorset. It would have been a large home for lots of people
What does this photograph tell us about the diet of a lot of people in the 18th century?
It was very simple and basic
They shopped for food online
They liked a lot of tomato sauce
Everything came from Tesco
Food in those days would mostly consist of things you could catch or grow yourself
When historians and archeologists look at fragments of pottery, they are trying to discover...
if the pots stood up or not
what pottery today looks like
what everyday life was like in the time the pottery was made
what day the pots were made
Even a small fragment of pottery can tell a story about life in times gone by
We can tell these photographs are probably quite old because...
they are black and white
there are a few of them
they are in a pile
there is one of a lady
Most photography is in color today although it wasn't widely used until around 1970
What might a historian want to ask about this monument?
How many pictures have been taken of it
The name of the person who built it
What day it was built on
When and why it was built
Ancient monuments such as Stonehenge can tell us a lot about beliefs at the time
This is a vintage car from around 1920. What do you think 'vintage' means?
Can be driven on the road
Is black in color and quite shiny
Has four wheels and a spare
Is something from the past of high quality
Vintage is used to describe many things from fashion to cars to tea sets!
What does this photograph tell us about school days in 1950s America?
The children liked reading and watching television
The desks were in rows and the children did not wear a uniform
There were only a few children in each class
That the children went to school on a Saturday
The photo gives us lots of clues about school life then
This is a Canadian postage stamp showing Queen Elizabeth II. We can tell it might be quite old because...
the Queen has never been to Canada
it looks like it's been used
the stamp is blue
the Queen looks very young
Early stamps and coins show a much younger Queen
What difference do you notice between this Tudor street and modern streets today?
The lights are on
The buildings are very small and close together
There are some windows in the shops
Some of the shops have signs
Very old buildings were often much smaller - the road is very narrow too
At one time, steam trains were used to travel long distances. Modern electric trains are much...
smaller and darker
shorter and bumpier
brighter and louder
cleaner and quieter
Steam trains were very dirty and noisy
Author:  Angela Smith

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