Opening Doors to Social Studies With Children's Literature


Created by:

Students in ELED 405, Teaching Social Studies

Department of Elementary Education

Utah State University

Spring, 1997

Contact Person: Deborah A. Byrnes (byrnes@cc.usu.edu)


Topics, Book Titles, and Curriculum Authors

Project Information on Unit


List of Themes, Books Titles, and Curriculum Authors

Theme

Book Titles

Grade Level

Curriculum Author

Africa Savannah

Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain, Greedy Zebra

1-2

Kristin Wright

Ancient Egypt

Tutankhamen's Gift

6

Annette B. Watson

Caribbean Island People

Isla

2

Jennie Moser

Civil War

Our Incredible Civil War

3-6

Scott Schaley

Deserts

Roadrunner

1-2

Katie Edwards

The Three Little Javelinas

2

Jennifer Kirk

The Desert Alphabet Book

1-2

Myndee Moulton

Alejandro's Gift

1-3

Tina Rusk

Differences

Tacky the Penguin, Be Good to Eddie Lee

1-2

Jenn J. Poulson

Economics

Alexander, Who Used To Be Rich Last Sunday

4

Andrea Fife

Annie and the Old One

4-5

Monica Jensen

Families

Something From Nothing, The Patchwork Quilt

K

Stacee Phillips

Tanya's Reunion

1

Angie Fenton

Grandpa's Song

K

Beth Hathaway

All Kinds of Families

1

Cheryse Hooste

A Country Far Away

K-2

Melissa Mills Williams

Flight, Lindbergh

4-5

Michele B. Bowden

Friendships & Elderly

Wilford Gordon McDonald Partridge

1-2

Rebecca Palazzolo

The Great Depression

Uncle Jed's Barbershop

4-5

Maranda B. Anderson

Growth and Change

Racing the Sun

4-5

Kristin E. Gibson

The Secret Garden

4-5

Jennifer Wray

Immigration

Who Belongs Here? An American Story

5-6

Amy Price

Middle Ages

Knights in Shining Armor, Castle in the Attic

5-6

Jennifer Hadlock

Natural Resources

The Lorax, And Still the Turtle Watched

3

Taralee Alleman

Perspectives

Grandpa's Mountain

5

Vanica L. Crane

Pilgrims

Three Young Pilgrims

5

AnnMichelle L. Brower

Pioneers

Going West, Going to Zion, Warm As Wool

2

Tanalee Chlarson

Plains

Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain

1-2

Sandy Curtis

Buffalo Woman, Growing Up Masai, Naya Nuki: Girl who Ran

1-3

Sean Mabey

Prairies

Prairies

1-2

Jennifer Rees

Racism

Mississippi Bridge

5

JoAnn DeLange

Revolutionary War

Samuel's Choice

5

Stephanie Davis

Katie's Trunk

3

Jamie L. Gardner

Katie's Trunk

5

Emily A. Hill

School & Neighborhood

The Rag Coat

1-2

Kimberley Buehler

Seminoles

To Walk the Sky Path

4-5

Jessica M. Law

World War II

Letters From Rifka

4-5

Rachelle Adair

The Bracelet

5

Amy Dent

A Pocket Full of Seeds

4-5

Jan Farmer

The Big Lie

4-5

Angela Groberg

The Bracelet

2

Ivy Jones

Twenty and Ten

4-5

Kristi Kirby

Under the Blood-Red Sun

4-5

Lynette B. Reeder

Number the Stars

4-5

Jennifer Simpson

Project Information

Teacher education students completed these mini-units as part of a Utah State University course entitled, "Teaching Social Studies." Each student selected a book that could be used to introduce or teach a social studies theme. Then each student:

 

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