More Social Studies Through Childrens Literature: An Integrated Approach / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Buy Used
Buy Used from
(Save 31%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 93%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (10) from $1.99   
  • New (4) from $5.00   
  • Used (6) from $1.99   


These dynamic literature-based activities will help you energize the social studies curriculum and implement national (and many of state) standards. Fredericks presents hundreds of hands-on, minds-on projects to stimulate actively and engage students in positive learning. Each of these 33 units offers book summaries, social studies topic areas, critical thinking questions, and dozens of easy-to-do activities for every grade level. The author also gives practical guidelines for integrating literature across the curriculum, lists of web sites useful in social studies classes, and annotated bibliographies of related resources.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
This book is great for homeschoolers, for school teachers, or for any parents involved in enriching their children's education. Choose a theme or a book and the well-organized chapters will help make your job easy. Lots of good ideas and suggestions are incorporated in this guide. 2000, Teacher Ideas Press, $27.50. Ages 5 to 12. Reviewer: A. Braga SOURCE: Parent Council, September 2001 (Vol. 9, No. 1)
School Library Journal
This follow-up to Social Studies through Children's Literature (Libraries Unlimited, 1991) begins with a rationale for literature-based instruction, supported by Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences, and a review of the National Council for the Social Studies Standards. The rest of the book focuses on the seven major areas of the elementary "expanding environments" curriculum: self, family, community, city, region, country, and world. The featured books were chosen because of their "-appropriateness to the social-studies curriculum, their adaptability to all grades (K-6) and ability ranges (high-low), and their usefulness in promoting relevant concepts-." They include award-winning books and titles recommended by teachers and children's librarians throughout the country. Each unit includes a summary of the book, the discipline it covers, NCSS thematic strands, critical-thinking questions, related books, and a list of activities. Unfortunately, there are no specified age or grade levels given for the books, and some of the activities are questionable. For instance, most of the suggestions for Sneed Collard's Animal Dads are based on the premise that each child has a father at home. Still, the strengths of this volume outweigh its weaknesses.-Edith Ching, St. Albans School, Mt. St. Alban, Washington, DC Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Intended to complement Fredericks' (education, York College) first effort in this direction (with the obvious title), more children's books are linked to activities and discussions that elementary school teachers are encouraged to work into their curricula. Lessons are organized into sections on child and self, family, community and neighborhood, city and country, states and regions, nation and country, and the world. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563087615
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/15/2000
  • Series: Through Children's Literature Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

ANTHONY D. FREDERICKS has written more than 20 books for Teacher Ideas Press. A former reading specialist and classroom teacher, he is currently professor of education, York College, York, Pennsylvania. Tony is the author of more than 65 teacher resource books, over 30 award-winning children's books, and several trade books on effective teaching.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables xv
Preface xvii
Acknowledgments xix
Part I Children's Literature in the Social Studies Curriculum
Part II Activities and Processes
Chapter 4 Child and Self 33
Amazing Grace 33
Dear Mr. Henshaw 40
Fire on the Mountain 43
On the Day You Were Born 47
Tapenum's Day: A Wampanoag Indian Boy in Pilgrim Times 51
The Whipping Boy 57
Chapter 5 Family 61
Animal Dads 61
Fly Away Home 64
Hurricane 68
Smoky Night 73
Chapter 6 Community and Neighborhood 77
Peter's Place 77
The Shaman's Apprentice 85
The Summer My Father Was Ten 90
The Village of Round and Square Houses 96
Chapter 7 City and Country 101
Bridges Are to Cross 101
Buffalo Sunrise 106
The Summer Sands 112
Chapter 8 States and Regions 117
Disappearing Lake: Nature's Magic in Denali National Park 117
Mailing May 122
A River Ran Wild 125
Welcome to the Sea of Sand 131
Chapter 9 Nation and Country 137
Flood! 137
Home: A Journey Through America 142
The Rough-Face Girl 147
The Seasons Sewn 154
When Jessie Came Across the Sea 158
Chapter 10 World 163
Elephants for Kids 163
The Ever-Living Tree 168
Great Crystal Bear 173
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World 178
The Island-Below-the-Star 183
Lon Po Po: A Red Riding Hood Story from China 188
Appendix A An Annotated Bibliography of Children's Literature 195
The Concepts of Social Studies 195
The Disciplines of Social Studies 201
Appendix B Web Resources 207
General 207
Children's Literature Sites 208
Multicultural Connections 209
Social Studies Lesson Plans 209
Virtual Field Trips 210
Teacher Resources 211
Index 213
About the Author 225
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)