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

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Overview

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.

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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.|
Booknews
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 (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563087615
  • Publisher: Libraries Unlimited
  • Publication date: 2/15/2000
  • Series: Through Children's Literature Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 225
  • Product dimensions: 8.51 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.65 (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.

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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
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