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US History

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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The Rosa Parks “Myth”: A Third Grade History Investigation

--Hillary Landorf and Ethan Lowenstein
Have the authors of trade books and textbooks brushed over essential aspects of Rosa Parks and her story? She had a long background of service and commitment to promoting the rights of African-Americans. She was not an "anonymous" seamstress, as sometimes portrayed.

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Identifying with Ancestors: Tracking the History of America

by Josephine Barry Davis
Students and teachers construct a timeline of U.S. history, on which they insert entries for events in the lives of students' families.

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Propeller Toys and the Industrial Revolution

by Andrew McClary
Do students enjoy making a propeller toy by hand? What is the advantage of using a mass-produced propeller toy?

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