Past in the Present

Case Study Overview

When you go to visit friends or have a holiday in a new place I want you to ask a question. What does this place tell me about its past? Are there things still existing here today that have stories to tell; mysteries to solve? Are there statues, buildings, museums, tourist offices or even parts of the landscape that can help us to understand the changes that have happened over time?

That’s what we are going to do in this unit – work together to:

  • Find evidence of the past
  • Work out what it tells us about life back then, and
  • Look at what has changed and what’s remained the same.

Then you will be able to find some objects from your own home or community to bring to school that tell us something about your past. You might even mount a special display or perhaps make your own time capsule to help people living in the future learn how you lived today.

These activities will help you to do this.

This unit of study is presented as a website which includes interactive elements, videos, PDF and worksheets (in Word Doc format). The unit is compatible with computers and iPads.

Case study unit of work inquiry structure

  • Activity 1 How can we solve the mysteries of the past?
  • Activity 2 How does a community remember its past?
  • Activity 3 Summarise your findings
  • Activity 4 Which events of the past are important to you?
  • Activity 5 How has technology changed over time?
  • Activity 6 How is modern technology better?
  • Activity 7 Making a mystery objects display
  • Activity 8 Make you own time capsule
  • Activity 9 Past and present quiz

For Primary Students

• The Past in the Present

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