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Displaced Children in U.S. History: Stories of Courage and Survival

--Brenda Betts
A brief survey of four major U.S. migrations of homeless children: the Cherokee Trail of Tears; the Underground Railroad; the Orphan Train Riders; and the One Thousand Children program (during the Holocaust). Includes brief accounts from four children.

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Breathing Life into History: Using Role-Playing to Engage Students

--Barbara C. Cruz and Shalini A. Murthy
With a bit of planning, teachers can utilize children's natural affinity for drama while teaching about historical events and people.

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Voyages of Discovery: Experiencing the Emotion of History

--Daniel A. Kelin, II
In their roles as Henry Hudson's sailors (ca. 1610 C.E.), third grade students "faced the cold, loneliness, frustration, and disorientation of Hudson's last voyage."

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Linking Literature and Primary Documents

--Pamela A. Nelson
Children's literature, primary source material, and active learning help students engage with history and prepare for citizenship.

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The Great Depression: Character, Citizenship, and History

--Gail McEachron
Children's literature helps elementary students "understand the human side of struggling during difficult economic times."

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Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trips

--Nadine M. Roush
Some online activities are the next best thing to actually visiting Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia.

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The [em]Brown v. Board of Education[/em] Decision: Resources for Grades 4 and 5

--James Sheehan and James M. Shiveley
Recommended websites, organized by topic, for upper level elementary students who are learning about this Supreme Court case.

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How To Do It: Oral History Projects

--Kathryn Walbert
This pullout details the planning, teaching, and assessing of oral history projects in grades K-3 and grades 4-6. Includes ten steps on how students can conduct an interview, and explains why such projects are so valuable and memorable.

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The Wright Stuff: Examining the Centennial of Flight

--Robin D. Groce, Eric C. Groce, and Lisa M. Stooksberry
Books for youth about the lives and accomplishments of Wilbur and Orville Wright are coupled with activities in social studies and language arts.

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The ABCs of [em]Brown v. Board of Education[/em]: A Primer for the 50th Anniversary

--Loraine Moses Stewart
An overview of a historic Supreme Court case in narrative, A through Z format. "L" is for Linda Brown, "N" is for NAACP, and "Z" is for zebra crossing.

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