Social Studies and Children's Literature


Book Title: Roadrunner

Author: Naomi John

Publisher and Date: New York: Dutton, 1980

Curriculum Developer: Katie Edwards


Summary: This book is a glimpse of the lives of several animals that reside in the desert. It offers the opportunity to further explore the characteristics and behaviors of many desert animals and plants that are mentioned in the story by introducing them as they interact with their environment.


Social Studies Relevance: This book would be a great introduction and resource for the vocabulary, plants, animals, and landscape of a desert. It paints a picture of the animals and their surroundings as they interact with the desert's features. It might be read again later (after learning) to reinforce learning.


Grade Level: 1st - 2nd grades


Relationship to Social Studies State Core:

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